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The United Kingdom has registered 608 coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours: the most deaths since May 12.

The latest figures bring the UK’s total death toll to 55,838, the Independent reports.

The UK has recorded 608 coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, the most deaths since May 12. (Getty)

This is the highest daily death toll since 614 deaths were reported on May 12, but there is often a delay in reporting deaths over the weekend.

On Tuesday, the United Kingdom recorded another 11,299 coronavirus cases, down from 15,450 on Monday.

It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 1,538.74.

The latest figures anticipate the relaxation of restrictions for the holiday period.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that the four nations of the United Kingdom have agreed on a family bubble for Christmas gatherings.

“Starting next Wednesday, current restrictions on England it will expire and a stronger three-tier system of local measures will replace them, “Johnson said.

“This year, Christmas will be different, many of us long to spend time with family and friends regardless of our faith or background, and yet we cannot afford to neglect caution.

“The virus does not know that it is Christmas and we must all be careful.”

The Christmas changes come when England cut the two week quarantine faced by people arriving from regions not on Britain’s coronavirus safe list, reducing it to just five days if they test negative for COVID-19.
UK residents may form a Christmas bubble containing no more than three households.

Each resident can only be part of one bubble and the bubble cannot be changed.

Travel between England, Scotland and Wales will be allowed between December 23 and 27, and until December 28 for travel to and from Northern Ireland.

Bubbles can only collect in private homes, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces.

People who are not part of the same household or Christmas bubble cannot meet in a private home.

“The virus has not gone away and families will have to make a personal judgment about the risk of forming a bubble or visiting the elderly and the elderly,” Johnson said.

“It is the season to be cheerful, but it is also the season to be very careful.”

France reverses restrictions

France President Emmanuel Macron established new rules for the country’s coronavirus strategy on Tuesday, after imposing nationwide restrictions last month as virus infections, hospitalizations and deaths rose across Europe.

Departures for the purpose of hiking or exercising outdoors will be allowed within a 20-kilometer radius and for three hours starting Saturday.

People in France will also be able to go back to their favorite stores and attend church services again starting Saturday, but restaurants won’t open until at least January 20.

After school outdoor activities will be allowed again.

People will also be able to move between regions “on the nights of December 24 and December 31 … to be able to share this time with our family,” Macron said.

The coronavirus restrictions in France will be reversed as of Saturday, November 25, 2020. (Getty)

However, Macron also said that during these periods, “public gatherings will not be tolerated.”

France infection rate per 100,000 inhabitants is now less than a third of what it was when November began, and the number of people in hospitals and intensive care has been on a downward trend for a week.

Macron announced the partial lifting of the restrictions in a televised address to the nation on Tuesday, where he also claimed that the second wave was over.

But the situation remains critical, with hundreds of virus-related deaths per day, so the emergence of the lockdown reflects that.

Medical workers disembark a patient infected with COVID-19 in Bordeaux, in southwestern France. (AFP via Getty Images)

On December 15, some museums and cinemas will be allowed to open, and national rules for staying at home will be relaxed.

France will reintroduce its curfew at 9pm and the associated strict fines.

Macron said that only the curfew for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve will be lifted.

On January 30, if daily infections fall below the 5,000 mark, restaurants and gyms will be allowed to reopen.

The government has failed in line with doctors warning not to loosen restrictions too quickly and repeat the mistakes France made when it emerged from a lockdown in the spring without a clear mask policy and limited testing capacity.

Reported with Associated Press


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