The coronavirus pandemic appears to have been throttling the UK, with the country witnessing fresh 156 deaths and 20,572 more positive cases on the first Sunday of the second lockdown.

With this, the total number of COVID-19 positive cases rose to 1,192,013 and death tolls reached 49,044 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Last Sunday, at least 162 more Covid-19 deaths were reported.

Around Britain, the latest R number is estimated at 1.1 to 1.3, with a regular infection growth rate range of +2% to +4%.

These growing numbers indicate that COVID-19 cases are going to increase, despite the strict lockdown measures imposed by the British government on 5 November. It could be that it may take many weeks to have an impact on the infection rate.