UK daily Covid deaths hit 262 in highest rise in a WEEK and cases still at 33k

UK DAILY Covid deaths have hit 262 today – which is the highest rise in a week.

But coronavirus cases across the UK are still holding steady at 33,117 as brave Brits continue to get their third jabs in the battle against the virus.

Yesterday, the number of Covid deaths was 57 as figures continued to decline this week.

But the number of fatalities linked to Covid has shot up again today – with 262 deaths reported.

The total number of Covid deaths since the pandemic began now stands at a grim 143,124.

And cases have consistently been fluctuating in the 30,000s for the last six days as Brits continue to get their booster jabs against the deadly virus.

A total of 50,296,294 first doses of the vaccine had been delivered in the UK by November 8, a rise of 33,559 on the previous day, Government figures show.

Some 45,873,038 second doses have been delivered, an increase of 20,361.

A combined total of 10,580,122 booster and third doses have also been given, a day-on-day rise of 277,578.

This comes as frontline NHS staff WILL be forced to get both doses of the Covid vaccine by next spring, Sajid Javid confirmed today

The Health Secretary announced a "no jab, no job" crackdown for hundreds of thousands of doctors and nurses from April 1.

About 103,000 of more than 1.4million healthcare workers in NHS England have not yet had their first Covid jab.

Mr Javid told MPs: "Having considered the consultation responses, the advice of my officials and NHS leaders including the chief executive of the NHS, I have concluded that all those working in the NHS and social care will have to be vaccinated.

"We must avoid preventable harm and protect patients in the NHS, protect colleagues in the NHS and of course protect the NHS itself."

The decision follows a consultation which began in September and considered whether both the Covid and flu jabs should be compulsory for frontline NHS and care workers.

It's understood the flu jab will not be made mandatory – and there will be exemptions for NHS staff who can't get the Covid jab for medical reasons.

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have not made any proposals to make Covid vaccines compulsory for NHS workers or care home staff.

An existing deadline for care home workers in England to be fully vaccinated, however, comes into place on Thursday.

The new “no jab, no job” policy will make the vaccine compulsory for all residential staff.

CASE BY CASE

But Boris Johnson was yesterday urged to delay the rules amid fears it could spark a mass closure of care homes.

Worried bosses say up to 60,000 workers could be sacked from already under-staffed homes, leading to catastrophe.

Nadra Ahmed, of the National Care Association, warned: “We are at the 11th hour, and it is a ticking timebomb.

“The damage will be far reaching, but ­halting this now will help us get through the winter.”

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab today said the Government must do "everything it can" to protect the most vulnerable in health care settings.

He told Good Morning Britain: “Both in the NHS and the care home setting the level of vaccination is now much, much higher than ever before, but ultimately we’ve got to make sure the lives of those people in those settings are safeguarded.

“That’s a difficult choice, that’s one of the many difficult choices we face in government. But I think we’d be getting a lot of criticism if we weren’t taking those decisions.”

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