UK coronavirus deaths in hospitals rise by 51 – with number doubling in a week

UK coronavirus deaths in hospitals rise by 51 – with number doubling in a week

 

The UK’s coronavirus hospital death toll has risen by 51 – more than double the figure the same time last week.

They include 41 new deaths in England, five in Wales, four in Scotland, and one in Northern Ireland.

Nineteen of the hospital deaths were in England’s North West, where vast areas remain subject to local restrictions.

The figure is a steep leap compared to last Saturday’s hospital death toll, which lifted by 23.

More details on deaths across all settings, including in care homes and the wider community, will be released later in the day.

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The hospital death toll figures for Saturday, October 3, showed most of the new deaths reported were in England’s North East and North West.

All who died in England were aged between 40 and 80+.

Scotland reported 764 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, and Wales recorded 576.

On Friday, the number of new coronavirus cases in the UK rose by 6,968.

But there are hopes the UK’s second wave is slowing its pace, as much of the UK population lives under local restrictions.

Swab testing figures are showing a drop in new infections, after weeks of cases surging, sparking fears of wider lockdowns.

The ONS Covid-19 Infection Survey has found an estimated 8,400 new cases each day, compared to 9,600 the previous week.

For six weeks, the ONS Covid-19 Infection Survey has studied almost 300,000 test swabs from randomly selected members of the public, whether they have symptoms or not.

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