UK coronavirus hospital death toll rises by 63 in biggest daily increase since July
The UK’s coronavirus death toll in hospitals has risen by 63 – the highest daily increase since July.
Health authorities this afternoon confirmed 50 deaths in England, two in Scotland, 10 in Wales and one in Northern Ireland.
Victims in England were aged between 42 and 96, NHS England confirmed, with four casualties having no known underlying health conditions.
Nearly half the deaths in England’s hospitals occurred in the North West.
Two weeks ago there were 29 confirmed fatalities, while seven days ago 47 were announced.
Public Health England has provided a breakdown showing where the latest hospital deaths occurred.
The government is grappling with a surge in new infections amid fears more areas could be forced into local lockdowns.
Earlier today 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.
Yesterday the Department of Health confirmed 19 deaths in all settings, with 12,594 cases confirmed.
As of yesterday evening there were 2,428 patients in hospital with Covid-19, of which 368 were in ventilator beds.
This afternoon Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said 800 new coronavirus cases have been recorded in Scotland in the past 24 hours.
There are 262 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, up by 44 in 24 hours. Of these patients, 25 were in intensive care, up three.
The two deaths in Scotland bring the number of people to die within 28 days of testing positive for the virus there to 2,532.
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 Mirror Online reported that more areas could face being put in lockdown after a government blunder revealed an alarming surge in new infections.
On Sunday officials were forced to admit that nearly 16,000 had been left out of daily figures – meaning rates in some towns and cities have skyrocketed.
A handful of places which are worst affected are not currently living under local lockdown rules.
These include Nottingham, which now has the sixth highest infection rate in England, and Sheffield, which is 14th.
Exeter, in the South West, has also been propelled into the top 20, with its rate jumping from 56.3 per 100,000 people to 262.5 in just seven days.
Sunderland and Bury, which have additional lockdown rules, have rates of 254.6 and 253.4 respectively.
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