Covid vaccine UK live updates on deaths, cases and lockdown end

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock is to lead the latest Government coronavirus press conference from 5pm today. He is expected to field questions on the latest on the vaccine rollout, which includes the start of immunisation for the over 70s and people deemed clinically vulnerable. Mr Hancock will speak at a press briefing on the day 10 new vaccine hubs opened across the country.

It comes after Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer claimed millions of families will be GBP1,000 worse off a year if the Government scraps the GBP20-a-week Universal Credit increase. To get the Hull Live headlines every day, simply pop your email address into the sign-up box just beneath the picture at the top of this article.

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The Prime Minister will come under pressure to extend the increase as Labour plan to force a vote in the House of Commons to have it extended amid the pandemic. The temporary increase, which has helped millions throughout the coronavirus pandemic, is due to expire in April but ending it would be “devastating” say the Northern Research Group.

In a statement issued on behalf of the 65 MPs in the group, Carlisle MP John Stevenson said it had been a “life-saver” for people through the pandemic. Read more here. Millions of people aged 70 and over and those clinically extremely vulnerable to Covid-19 will be next to get the vaccine, it has been announced. These next two priority groups will be invited to get their vaccinations from Monday, January 18. Click here for more .

A further 24 deaths have sadly been reported in Hull’s hospitals over the weekend – with 12 deaths occurring on Saturday alone and a further six on both Friday and Sunday.

It follows the deadliest day for Covid-related deaths ever at both Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital earlier this week, which saw a total of 13 deaths recorded in one 24-hour period.

It sadly takes the total amount of deaths since the start of the pandemic to 578. Read more here.

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