UK coronavirus death toll increased by 12 as cases increase by 1,108


The UK’s coronavirus death toll rose by 12 overnight, with more than 1,000 cases.

This brings the official number of Covid-19 deaths in the country so far to 41,498 – the fifth highest in the world.

The total number of cases now stands at 332.75 – the thirteenth highest number in the world.

Another 1,108 cases of the virus were confirmed on Saturday, with data from the Department of Health suggesting the average number of infections is on the rise.

There are now an average of 1,173 new cases per day – an increase from last week’s average of 992.

Six of the 12 new deaths reported on Saturday were recorded in English hospitals.

Scotland recorded no deaths linked to Covid-19 for the third day in a row, while hospitals in Wales and Northern Ireland marked a second day without deaths.

This brings the total number of confirmed virus deaths in UK hospitals to 34,196.

The victims in England were between 52 and 91 years old and only one patient – aged 85 – had no known underlying health problem.

The dates of the deaths ranged from June 23 to August 28, with the majority on or after August 27, NHS England said.

While Scotland has seen no further deaths from the virus, it has seen its biggest daily increase in infections over the past week – with 88 new confirmed cases.

The largest number of new cases have come from the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Board of Health area, which saw an increase of 36 from Friday.

Despite the increase in cases, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said there was “no cause for alarm”.

Areas where localized outbreaks were being treated saw a slight increase in new cases, with six in the NHS Grampian, seven in Lanarkshire, 11 in Tayside and two in the Scottish Borders.

On Twitter, the prime minister said the increase in cases was due to an increase in testing and the proportion of people tested returning positive results remains below 1%.

“The increase in cases right now partly reflects a greater volume of testing. Above all, our positivity rate remains low (still below 1% today). So no need for an alarm, ”she tweeted.

“But you have to be very careful and careful – everything is very delicately balanced at the moment.

She continued: “The harsh reality is this – Covid is still out there, still very contagious and still potentially fatal.

“We look away from the ball, or we tell ourselves it’s over, at our peril. Before winter, we must be vigilant and careful.

“Please follow all advice.”


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