UK coronavirus hospital death toll rises by 59 as new infections continue to soar

UK coronavirus hospital death toll rises by 59 as new infections continue to soar

 

The number of coronavirus patients to die in UK hospitals has risen by 59, health authorities have announced.

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’s increase of 63 hospital deaths was the highest figure since early July, and comes as ministers grapple with a huge rise in new cases.

NHS England has provided a regional breakdown showing where the latest fatalities occured.

The Department of Health will later confirm the number of Covid-19 deaths in all settings.

Yesterday’s figures showed a total of 14,542 people had tested positive for the virus in 24 hours, while the number of people in hospital with coronavirus rose to 2,833.

Of these, 393 are in ventilator beds as health chiefs warn of a surge in hospitalisations.

Yesterday figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that the number of Covid-19 deaths had risen for the third week in a row.

In the week ending September 25 – the most recent available – coronavirus was mentioned on 203 death certificates in England, 12 in Wales, 10 in Scotland and nine in Northern Ireland – a total of 234.

This is 76 higher than the previous week.

Since the start of the pandemic 50,277 death certificates have mentioned coronavirus in England and 2,592 in Wales.

ONS figures reveal that the overall number of deaths was slightly above the five-year average at the end of last month – having fallen below it in August and early September.

Overall there were 9,634 deaths from all causes registered across England and Wales during that week – 111 more than the previous week.

Earlier today damning new research revealed that coronavirus has risen in 19 out of 20 areas that are under at least two months of local lockdown.

The Labour Party unveiled the list as Keir Starmer demanded answers from Boris Johnson at a testy PMQs.

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.

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