Coronavirus: UK records 19,790 more COVID-19 cases and 151 further deaths

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The UK has recorded 19,790 more coronavirus cases and 151 further deaths in the latest 24-hour period, new figures show.

Yesterday, 23,012 more COVID-19 infections were reported, up from 20,530 the day before.

On Saturday, 174 fatalities were announced within 28 days of a positive test - lower than 224 the previous day.

The total number of deaths with coronavirus is now 44,896.

NHS Test and Trace boss Baroness Dido Harding, meanwhile, is facing calls from within the Conservative Party to be axed.

Sir Bernard Jenkin, who chairs the powerful Liaison Committee of senior MPs, told Sky's Sophy Ridge the management of Test and Trace is bloated and muddled.

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"There is a sense that there is a lack of overall strategy that is at the heart of the problem," Sir Bernard said.

The Welsh government is due to review its ban on shops selling "non-essential" items after photos showed books and Christmas decorations taken off sale.

The Cardiff administration has been widely criticised over guidance saying certain sections of supermarkets must be "cordoned off or emptied, and closed to the public".

The official reason is to discourage people from spending too much time in stores and potentially spreading the virus.

It was also considered unfair if independent retailers were forced to close but supermarkets continued selling similar items.

And more than a third of doctors believe the government's three-tier system will have no impact on efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The research, from the British Medical Association, also raises concerns about the autumn and winter period - with more than half of healthcare staff saying they are "quite anxious" about what is to come.