Another 397 coronavirus deaths were reported in the UK – compared to 504 on Friday.

A further 15,539 cases were reported on Saturday compared to 16298 the day before.

The latest numbers have been published after a number The number of deaths in the UK has exceeded 60,000 Thursday.

The Public Health Authority of Wales reported 24 more deaths on Saturday, taking the total number in Wales since the start of the pandemic to 2,695.

There were another 1,645 cases of coronavirus in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed infections to 87,077.

The rise in deaths comes as top UK medical officials have warned that the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine will have a “marginal effect” on hospital numbers during the winter, as each of the four countries prepares to start administering the first doses next week.

Experts said the festive gatherings are likely to put additional pressure on healthcare services, as the next few months continue.

Preparations for a vaccine launch continue next week in what has been described as “one of the biggest challenges the NHS has ever faced”.

The first punches will be given in every UK country on Tuesday.

In Northern Ireland, it will be administered at a comprehensive vaccination center at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, while in Wales, Social Health Service and Social Care workers will receive the country’s first coronavirus vaccine.

The first vaccinations will also be conducted in Scotland next week, while the vaccines will be given in hospital centers in England.

General practitioners surgeries in England are required to be ready for employment commencement Covid-19 Vaccination centers by December 14th.

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In a letter to their colleagues, top medical officials in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland said that this winter will be “especially difficult” for health services due to the Coronavirus.

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They said: “Although the very welcome news about vaccines means that we can look to 2021 with greater optimism, the deployment of the vaccine will only have a marginal effect in reducing the numbers of health service arrivals with COVID over the next three months.

“The measures and self-discipline of the entire population during the closures and other restrictions have helped reduce the peak, and hospital numbers are likely to decline in most parts of the four countries over the next few weeks, but not everywhere.

“The social mixing that is happening around Christmas may put additional pressure on hospitals and public practices in the new year and we need to be prepared for that.”

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer He was forced to return to self-isolation on Saturday after one of his employees tested positive for coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the composer Andrew Lloyd Webber He said most of his theaters will open again by early next summer.