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Here’s what you need to know on 17 November. This article was updated at 4.30pm.
Deaths: A further 330 people died with coronavirus in hospitals in England. The deaths were between 29 October and 16 November. There were 34 more deaths in Wales in the last 24 hours, and there were 37 in Scotland. There were nine deaths in Northern Ireland.
Weekly deaths in England and Wales have risen by 40% in the last seven days, according to the Office for National Statistics. It’s the second week in a row that deaths have exceeded 1,000. Read more here.
Politics: Boris Johnson has tested negative for coronavirus but will continue to self-isolate until next week. The prime minister said he was “pinged” by the system after being in contact with an MP who then tested positive. Read more here.
England: Hull’s school system is on the verge of collapse according to reports, following a large number of cases among staff and pupils. Schools will be forced to close on mass if infection rates cannot be brought under control within the next week, because so many staff are being taken ill or having to self-isolate, councillor Peter Clark, cabinet member for learning and skills, said. Read more here.
England’s lockdown will end on 2 December, the government has insisted. The plan for how the situation will be managed after the end of the lockdown will be announced next week, but may include a stricter tier than the previous Tier 3. Read more here.
Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon has said 11 local authorities in Scotland will be going into the strictest lockdown level of Tier 4. It will affect about 2 million people. Read more here.
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Vaccine: St John Ambulance has confirmed it has been approached to administer the coronavirus vaccine in the UK. The health secretary extended who could give out vaccines last month to ensure a large scale rollout could be done once an approved vaccine is available. Read more here.
The government has said it does not expect to make a potential coronavirus vaccine mandatory. Communities secretary Robert Jenrick told BBC Breakfast on Tuesday that the UK will receive the first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine candidate from the US by the end of the year. Read more here.
Health: People swapped e-cigarettes for tobacco in the lockdown, it’s emerged. The rise is despite warning that both forms of smoking could exacerbate coronavirus. Read more here.
Walking the dog may raise a person’s risk of catching coronavirus, research suggests. A survey in Spain found that of all the “sociodemographic” factors that could have raised a person’s risk of catching the coronavirus, walking the dog was found to have the strongest effect, increasing the odds by 78%. Read more here.
Schools: Nearly two in three secondary schools had at least one pupil self-isolating at home in the last week according to government figures. Up to 615,000 children did not attend school for coronavirus related reasons. Read more here.