UK coronavirus death toll rises by 12 with more than 1,000 new cases


The UK’s total coronavirus death toll has risen by 12 in the past 24 hours, the smallest increase on Tuesday since the lockdown began.More than 1,000 new cases have been recorded in the past 24 hours, and a total of 41,381 people have tragically died from Covid-19 today in all settings, including hospitals, nursing homes and the community.

Eleven people have died in England, one in Northern Ireland, and there have been no new deaths in Wales or Scotland in the past 24 hours.

The number of new positive tests for Covid-19 also increased on Tuesday, by 1,089 after 169,276 tests. New cases had increased by 713 as of Monday.

The previous Tuesday’s death toll had still hit nearly 100 since the grim tally began in March.

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Last Tuesday, August 11, 102 people died. On August 4, 89 died. On July 28, 119 people lost their lives and on July 21 the death toll increased by 110.

The total death toll has been officially reduced after a recent examination removed more than 5,000 from that figure.

Earlier today, the death toll in UK hospitals had risen by six – the smallest increase on a Tuesday in five months. – bringing the country’s total to 34,104.

This is the smallest increase on Tuesday since March, when the count started

However, new official figures earlier this week showed that the UK’s true toll is now over 57,000.

Figures compiled by the Bureau of National Statistics recorded a total of nearly 16,000 higher than the government’s calculation – based on death certificates mentioning Covid-19, including suspected cases.

Today’s figures show 896 coronavirus patients remain in hospital, 73 of whom are on ventilators.

New cases exceeded 1,000 for the sixth day in a row on Sunday, then declined slightly on Monday, before rising again today.

The majority of new infections have been reported in England, with 634 new cases.

Northern Ireland recorded 39 new cases of the virus on Tuesday, Scotland 26 and Wales 14.

Yorkshire and the Humber have retained the highest rate of coronavirus cases in England, according to official figures, with 623.6 per 10,000 inhabitants since the start of the pandemic, followed by north-east England, with 588 , 7.


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