The UK has recorded 489 more deaths within 28 days of a positive corona virus test – slightly lower than the 532 recorded on Thursday.
Government figures show a further 28,507 positive COVID-19 cases reported in the country, up from 35,383 on Thursday.
However, the previous day’s figures were artificially high due to the background of about 11,000 cases in Wales.
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There is an increasing trend of infections and deaths compared to last week’s figures, with 21,672 cases and 424 deaths reported last Friday.
Corona virus infection is on the rise in most parts of the UK and the latest data from government scientists SAGE estimates R no Increased from 1.1 to 1.2.
Last week, it was estimated to be between 0.9-1.0.
Statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) indicate an increase in infections.
Recent reports suggest that the percentage of people infected with the virus in the community in the UK, Scotland and Wales increased during the week of December 6-12.
In Northern Ireland the numbers were still steady, but no longer seemed to be declining.
One in 95 people in the UK tested positive for COVID-19 per week, although this does not include those in hospitals, nursing homes or other institutional settings.
One in five people in Wales is currently being tested positive for the corona virus, according to an update by Minister Mark Trackford on Wednesday.
These numbers are just before Christmas, and people in the UK will be allowed to create “bubbles” with loved ones.
With increasing cases, Wales has decided to limit the number of homes where two families can meet.
But Boris Johnson opposed the pressure to change the Christmas-related rules, saying three houses could now meet from December 23 to 27.
Instead, he called on people to make their celebrations as “small and short as possible” and advised the public. Minimize contact With others starting today if you plan to create a Christmas bubble.
In a Twitter message, he said: “If you are creating a Christmas bubble, from today, it is essential to minimize contact with people outside your home.
“Everyone must take personal responsibility to prevent the virus from spreading to loved ones this Christmas.”