Coronavirus: The 7 major developments that happened on Thursday

Rebecca C. Taylor
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Here’s what you need to know on 12 November. This article was updated at 4pm.

Deaths: A further 317 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England. The deaths were recorded between 10 October and 11 November. There were a further 15 deaths in Northern Ireland, 34 in Wales, and 45 in Scotland.

R Rate: The R number has fallen below 1 in the UK according to the head of the COVID Symptom Study. Professor Tim Spector, from King’s College London, who runs the project said the data they had gathered from their app, which has more than four million users, showed the R number in the UK was now 0.9. Read more here.

Vaccine: Presenter Phillip Schofield has suggested the Queen should be the first person to get the coronavirus vaccine when it’s rolled out in the UK. Speaking about her and her husband Prince Philip, Schofield said: “She's 94, her husband is 99, what she's done, the service that she's given, what it would do to us as a country if God forbid she was claimed by it. I want her front and foremost.” Read more here.

Jacob Rees-Mogg has labelled anti-vaxxers “nutters” as he defended the spending on communications as necessary to “reassure people” about the safety of vaccines. He said the government would need to put out “true information to reassure people”. Read more here.

Test and trace: A total of 149,253 people tested positive for COVID-19 in England in the week to 4 November, an 8% increase on the previous week, the latest data from NHS Test and Trace shows. The numbers are the highest since the service was launched at the end of May and is an increase of 8% in positive cases on the previous week. Read more here.

Finance: Newsagent WH Smith has announced plans to close another 25 shops after slumping to a £280m loss. WH Smith began a review of its store estate in August after suffering a large drop in sales due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.

Science: Black people are twice as likely to catch the coronavirus as their white counterparts, research suggests. In the largest investigation to date, scientists from the universities of Leicester and Nottingham looked at more than 18 million people who took part in 50 studies in the UK and US. Read more here.

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