Record Covid infections in UK as hospital numbers exceed previous peak of pandemic
The number of patients being treated for Covid in England's hospitals is higher than it was at the previous peak in April this year — putting intense pressure on the NHS.
It came as a record 40,000 new infections were reported in the UK in 24 hours. In the south of England doctors are reporting that "the level of patient need is incredibly high".
Conditions in many Welsh hospitals are said to be "very challenging" while doctors in Scotland say there's a danger that health services will be "overwhelmed".
Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by health editor Hugh Pym.
Ten months into the coronavirus pandemic, the UK has passed another grim milestone, with the number of people dying within 28 days of a positive Covid19 test now more than 80,000.
Scientists advising the government have warned of the need for even stricter lockdown measures, because the new variant of the virus is so infectious.
Buckingham Palace has said that the Queen and Prince Philip have been vaccinated as the programme continues to protect the elderly and vulnerable.
As the government considers even tighter lockdown measures, Derbyshire police have said they are reviewing a decision to issue to issue £200 fines for breach of lockdown rules to two women who drove five miles for a walk.
Reeta Chakrabarti presents BBC News at Ten reporting by health correspondent Katharine Da Costa, Jon Donnison and political correspondent Iain Watson. There are more people being treated for Covid in hospitals throughout the UK, than at any earlier point in the pandemic.
There is extreme pressure on the NHS with 10 hospital trusts in England reporting a lack of intensive care capacity.
London and south-east England has seen some of the most pressure on hospitals.
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