UK coronavirus deaths rise by 151 – more than double increase same time last week
The UK coronavirus death toll has risen by 151 over the last 24 hours in the highest Sunday figure since May.
The figure has more than doubled compared to last Sunday, when 69 died.
The last time a Sunday death toll that high was recorded was on May 17 at the height of the national lockdown, when 170 lost their lives.
Cases have also soared again over the last day, with 19,790 new Covid-19 infections reported, official figures show.
The death toll figure tallies fatalities across all settings including hospitals, care homes, and the wider community.
The deaths reported in the 24 hours to Sunday included 137 in England, eight in Northern Ireland, five in Wales, and one in Scotland.
On Saturday, a total 174 new deaths were recorded, along with 23,012 cases.
The number of infections rose by more than a third week-on-week compared to last Saturday.
Today’s death toll is higher than other recent Sunday totals.
Last Sunday, 69 new deaths were recorded, on October 11 another 63 died, on October 4 another 33 died and on September 27, another 17 lost their lives.
It comes as millions more were plunged under more restrictive lockdowns this week.
Greater Manchester entered Tier 3 shortly after midnight Friday.
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