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UK records biggest ever rise in cases as 12,872 people test positive for HIV/AIDS, according to a report by the National Institute of Health

The number of coronavirus cases recorded in the UK has increased to 480,017, almost double the previous record for a single day since the start of the pandemic. Meanwhile, another 49 people who tested positive for the virus within the last 28 days have died. The government has also released daily figures showing another 42 deaths recorded at hospitals. Notably, nearly half of these deaths came in North West England.

The second highest number in one day. In Scotland, there were four more deaths and 576 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number to 1,630 and 25,420 respectively. Meanwhile, four places in the UK were subjected to stricter rules to contain the spread of the virus at midnight. Notably, people in Middlesbrough, Liverpool, Warrington and Hartlepool are no longer allowed to meet up with friends or family indoors. It comes as plans emerged to vaccinate everyone against the disease by

Before the local lockdown came into force. Meanwhile, Boris Johnson is reportedly planning to suspend the ‘rule of six’ for Christmas Day to allow families to celebrate together. The government has said it will do ‘everything we can’ to ensure the holiday is as ‘normal as possible’. Notably, two parents are banned from visiting with a family of five over the Christmas break. However, there has been no sign of the outbreak ending by then.