UK coronavirus deaths and cases FALL on last week as 156 die and 20,572 test positive in hope second peak is reached

CORONAVIRUS deaths and new cases in the UK have fallen on last week – raising hopes the second peak is finally beginning to slow.

A further 156 Brits have died with the virus – down from 162 recorded last Sunday, November 1.

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And 20,572 new cases were recorded – a drop of almost 20 per cent on the 25,254 infections reported this time last week.

Last week saw the highest toll ever recorded on a Sunday in the UK.

It comes as:

  • A Scots gran told her family she "just wants to die" after eight months of isolation in a Fife care home
  • A new study has suggested mouthwash could kill off Covid
  • Shocking new photos show ventilated coronavirus patients on beds in the corridors of Italian hospitals
  • All lorries, flights and ships from Denmark have been banned from entering the UK after a mutant coronavirus outbreak
  • Shoppers have been warned of Christmas chaos as delivery slots fill up quickly

A further 122 people died in hospitals in England.

In Scotland, 1,115 new cases were reported, and three people lost their lives – although officials responsible for registering deaths don't work at the weekend, meaning the true toll could be higher.

And in Wales, which will tomorrow exit a 17-day firebreak lockdown, 744 new cases were recorded and 19 people died.

Although there are reassuring signs that the number of new infections is finally starting to level off, hospitalisations are surging around the country.

This weekend, it was announced that all non-urgent appointments and operations in Greater Manchester would be halted – while Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has declared a major incident.

The trust, which runs hospitals across Grimsby and Scunthorpe, has seen a surge in Covid patients needing oxygen.

And the Government plans to roll out mass testing in three more towns following the week-long trial in Liverpool.

The Prime Minister is expected to reveal the plans to increase the programme as early as tomorrow.

But top politicians have once again vowed to end England's national lockdown on December 2, as planned.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab says the Government is planning to forge ahead with its three-tier approach from next month.

Experts believe the system was slowly beginning to work before the new country-wide shutdown.

Mr Raab said today: "We want to get through to December 2, and at that point we will transition back to localised approach, which was always our preference."

Despite the new restrictions in England, Brits have this weekend packed markets, parks and beaches in their thousands.

Police patrolled Richmond Park as thousands of people left their homes for fresh air.

Meanwhile, many walkers donned boots and waterproofs to hike the Peak District.

But normally-bustling city centres have been turned into ghost towns by the new law, which has closed all non-essential businesses, including clothes shops, pubs and restaurants.

Just weeks before Christmas, Oxford Street, which boasts 200million visitors a year and is Europe's most popular shopping street, was deserted.

Streets around the Cenotaph were also quiet today ahead of the Remembrance Sunday service.

The Queen led the country's formal commemoration as Brits paid their respects privately.

Although the public were unable to attend the event in London, it was broadcast live on TV.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted a Remembrance Sunday message today.

The PM wrote: "No virus will stop us from honouring the memory of the servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

"Today, as every day, we will remember them."

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