UK coronavirus hospital deaths increase by 58 as cases continue to rise
The UK coronavirus hospital death toll has tragically risen by 58 as lockdown restrictions could be tightened further in the north.
In England there have been 51 coronavirus deaths in hospital, in Scotland there have been five further deaths, and in both Wales and Northern Ireland there has been one more death.
Last Thursday, October 1, the number of Covid-19 patients who died in UK hospitals rose by 55.
This was an increase from the previous Thursday, September 24, when 33 more hospital deaths were recorded.
On other recent Thursdays, the hospital death toll increased by 21 on September 17 and nine deaths on September 10.
The toll increased by 17 on September 3, nine on August 27, five on August 20 (the lowest since the lockdown was imposed in March), and 13 on August 13.
Yesterday the number of coronavirus patients to die in UK hospitals rose by 59, health authorities announced.
This included 54 casualties in England, one in Scotland, three in Wales and one in Northern Ireland.
Scotland today recorded five deaths of confirmed coronavirus patients in the past 24 hours, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.
This takes the total under this measure – patients who died within 28 days of first testing positive – to 2,538.
A total of 1,027 new coronavirus cases were recorded the same period, the First Minister told MSPs.
Speaking ahead of First Minister’s Questions, she said the new cases represented 13.5% of newly-tested individuals, up from 13.0% on Wednesday.
Of the new cases, 405 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 230 in Lanarkshire and 152 in Lothian.
A total of 35,787 people have now tested positive for the virus in Scotland, up from 34,760.
There are 377 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, up by 58 in 24 hours.
There have been 923 new cases of Covid-19 in Northern Ireland confirmed in the last 24 hours, according to the Department of Health.
Some 4,674 cases have been reported in the last seven days, bringing the overall total number of cases confirmed in the region to 17,110.
One further death has been reported by the department, bringing the toll to 587.
There have been a further 638 cases of Covid-19 in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 28,262.
Public Health Wales said one further death had been reported, with the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic rising to 1,644.
This comes as Boris Johnson is said to be poised to shut pubs and restaurants in large parts of the north of England from Monday, sparking a furious backlash.
Ministers are believed to be considering the hammerblow to the hospitality industry following a surge in Covid-19 infections in Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock last night told industry chiefs a large proportion of new cases are contracted in pubs and restaurants.
The move comes after Scottish First Minister Nicola Stugeon yesterday announced a clampdown on indoor drinking north of the border.
She said pubs in the central belt of the country will close completely for 16 days, while those in the rest of Scotland will have to serve alcohol outdoors.
It is not yet clear exactly which parts of the North of England will be affected and whether the closures will be total or partial.
A No10 source stressed the plans were not yet agreed by ministers, but they were widely leaked last night – prompting fury from northern leaders who were left in the dark.
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