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UK coronavirus live: Covid accounts for one in six deaths in England and Wales, says ONS

Latest updates: almost 2,000 Covid-linked deaths occurred in week to 6 November

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Douglas Ross, the Scottish Conservative leader, will be speaking to Boris Johnson later about Johnson’s claim that devolution in Scotland has been a “disaster”, the BBC’s Glenn Campbell reports.

Just spoken to @Douglas4Moray who says he has made representations to Number 10 about @BorisJohnson devolution “disaster” comments and expects to speak directly with PM later

Devolution has not been a disaster. The SNP’s non-stop obsession with another referendum – above jobs, schools and everything else – has been a disaster. https://t.co/WEOJubpDVG

Prof Tim Spector, who runs the Covid symptom study (CSS), which uses an app to trace the prevalence of coronavirus in the UK, says he is surprised that the Scottish government wants to tighten rules in some areas because his data suggests their current restrictions are working.

Hard to see why @scotgov is concerned their tiered system in Scotland is not working- as they seem to be doing better than the other UK nations according to the #ZoeCSS app data -although there may still be local areas bucking the trend. Scots please keep logging and sharing! pic.twitter.com/ZaWnBErfak

In UK today similar picture with 35k cases per day – but this picture of prevalence (number of symptomatic people currently in the population) shows 5 regions decreasing and 5 increasing – showing how the epidemic spreads over time- regionally- keep logging with #ZoeCSS pic.twitter.com/9ikHXAh7aV

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