A further 12,330 coronavirus cases have been reported in the UK, according to the latest government figures.
And 205 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for the virus, taking the total number of coronavirus deaths in the UK to 58,448.
The number of deaths recorded tends to be lower over the weekend and on Mondays due to reporting delays.
Covid-19 is “back under control” thanks to England’s lockdown, the health secretary has said, but the tiered system of restrictions will be essential to keeping levels of the virus down, he insisted.
Matt Hancock said cases of coronavirus in England have dropped by 30% in the last week, showing “national restrictions have been successful”.
But he stressed the need for some restrictions to remain in place, saying that “while we can let up a little, we can’t afford to let up a lot”.
Mr Hancock pointed to the government’s impact assessment in needing the new tiered approach, which says the NHS would soon be overwhelmed without the restrictions.
Calabria is Italy’s poorest region. And while its infection rate and intensive care numbers are lower than northern Italy, its fragile health system is buckling. This region in Italy’s southern toe was quickly declared a “red zone” in early November.
And while it battles its Covid-19 caseload, it also faces the damage wrought by decades of political mismanagement and plunders by its mafia, the ‘Ndrangheta, which infiltrated the healthcare system..
Criminal gangs seized resources and ran up massive debts, leading to 18 of its public hospitals being closed and savage cuts to beds and staff.
The Irish Department of Health has been notified of one further coronavirus-related death and 306 new cases of the disease.
A total of 2,053 people have died with Covid-19 in Ireland with 72,544 cases of the disease. This includes the denotification of three previously confirmed cases.
The number of people in ICU is up one from yesterday at 31. There are 244 patients with Covid-19 in Irish hospitals with three additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Of the cases notified today 156 are men, 148 are women and 67% are under 45 years of age.
There were 108 cases in Dublin, 30 in Limerick, 22 in Galway, 17 in Donegal, 15 in Wicklow, 14 in Cork and the remaining 100 cases were spread across 18 other counties.