UK coronavirus deaths up 70 with daily cases soaring by 14,162
The number of coronavirus deaths has increased by 70 with daily cases up by 14,162
Earlier today figures showed the number of coronavirus hospital deaths had risen by 59.
This includes 54 casualties in England, one in Scotland, three in Wales and one in Northern Ireland.
Those who died in England were aged between 43 and 93, with one person, aged 79, having no known underlying health conditions.
The North West had the highest death toll, with 22 fatalities, while 16 victims died in the North East and Yorkshire.
Yesterday, a further 14,542 coronavirus cases were recorded, with the overall death count also increasing by 76.
It marked the biggest single-day increase in deaths in more than three months after 97 fatalities were recorded on July 1
Experts believe there were 100,000 infections per day during the peak of the pandemic in spring, when widespread testing was not available.
The government is grappling with a surge in new infections amid fears more areas could be forced into local lockdowns.
Chief Scientific Advisor Sir Patrick previously warned Britain was on track for 50,000 cases per day unless the disease is brought under control.
He estimated that the virus would double every week, raising the prospect of 49,000 infections a day by October 13.
The expert said this could lead to more than 200 deaths a day by the middle of November.
Damning new research also suggests coronavirus has risen in 19 out of 20 areas that are under at least two months of local lockdown.
Sir Keir said Burnley was at 21 new infections per 100,000 people when local lockdown began in July – now it is at 434.
Bolton was at 18 per 100,000 people – now it is 255. And Bradford was at 54 – now the rate is 258.
That is despite a raft of local lockdown restrictions, which vary but include bans on meeting people you don’t live with indoors, and advice against non-essential travel.
Sir Keir said 19 out of 20 areas in England that have been under local lockdown for at least two months have seen a spike in coronavirus since then.
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