For the first time, the UK has recorded more than 60,000 new cases of Coronavirus (60,916). 1.3 million people across the UK have been vaccinated including around a quarter of over 80s. Professor Whitty says the new variant is taking off all over the country. He says 1 in 50 people in private households in England is estimated to have the virus, and the aim is to get to 2 million vaccinations a week by the end of this month if supplies of the vaccine can be obtained and supplied to the NHS after batch testing.
In our area, numbers have been high in Launceston, in the 7 days to 31st December. The interactive map shows 34 cases in Launceston, for example, a rise of 1,000.33% on the previous 7 day period. Bude had 14 cases. For the same period, Cornwall is listed as having 1725 cases. Devon sits at 1258. Both areas have rising numbers.
Despite the lockdown, the suggestions are that there is no quick fix – and it also requires people co-operating with the lockdown.