Coronavirus live news: Germany reports record daily death toll; UK total deaths exceed 88,000

Tier 3: Liverpool, Rutland, all Yorkshire and Humber, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, large parts of South West including Cornwall. colleagues Nicola Davis and Vikram Dodd report. Areas being placed into Tier 4 include all of north-east England, Cumbria, Cheshire, Warrington, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen, most of West Midlands, all East Midlands except Rutland, large parts of South West.Excl Latest updates: Germany records more than 1,000 deaths in a day; nearly 23% of UK deaths in one week linked to Covid; Oxford vaccine gets UK approval Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid vaccine approved by UK regulator How well does the vaccine work? What we know so farUS congressman-elect dies of Covid aged 41Nearly 490,000 people could have had Covid in WuhanSee all our coronavirus coverage 2.55pm GMT This from my colleague Josh Halliday on areas in England that will move to new, higher tiers from Thursday morning.Excl:

Scientists say virus rampant in UK and advise people to avoid meeting up with family and friendsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coveragePeople should welcome in the new year in their own home and avoid meeting up with family and friends, scientists and police have said, as coronavirus cases in the UK soar and hospitals report growing pressure.On Tuesday, cases in the UK reached a record high of 53,135, up from 41,385 the day before, while the number of patients in hospital with Covid in England is higher than recorded during the peak of the first wave.

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