Coronavirus-linked UK hospital deaths soar by 14 as Britons say ‘act now’ to avoid surge


The UK coronavirus hospital death toll rose by 14 – the highest total on Wednesday in nearly a month – amid new warnings that deaths could climb again. England reported 11 new deaths on Wednesday, Northern Ireland had two and Scotland announced one as Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon urged people to act now to prevent an increase in the number of deaths linked to Covid-19 in the coming weeks.

Wales has not reported any new deaths.

The number of confirmed cases has increased by 267 in Scotland, 199 in Wales and 129 in Northern Ireland.

On recent Wednesdays, the death toll rose by 12 on September 9, 10 on September 2, September 12 on August 26, 16 on August 19 and 11 on August 12, the lowest total on a Wednesday since the lockdown began in March.

The highest increase on a Wednesday was 936 on April 8, when the UK was at the peak of its epidemic.

The new figures were announced as many Britons continue to struggle to gain access to a coronavirus test, particularly in the worst-hit areas of England, and a local lockdown was announced for Rhondda Cynon Taf in the south of Wales amid a spike in infections.

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The number of admissions to Covid-19 hospital in England was at its highest since July

NHS England reported 11 new deaths, bringing the total number of hospital deaths in England to 29,687. The victims were aged 69 to 98 and all had known underlying health issues.

According to separate figures, the number of people admitted to hospital with coronavirus in England on Sunday was the highest since the start of July.

The latest government data shows 153 people with Covid-19 were admitted on Sunday – the highest number since July 1, when the figure was 201.

Scotland has reported one new death in the previous 24 hours, bringing its total to 2,501.

Ms Sturgeon said 267 positive cases of the virus were recorded during the same period, bringing the total to 23,283. This represents 3.6% of those newly tested.

Separate data based on death certificates shows that 4,236 people have died in Scotland with confirmed or suspected coronavirus.

She told reporters: “Unless we act now to stem community transmission, it is highly likely that cases of serious illness and death will increase in the coming weeks.

“If community transmission continues to increase as night follows day, we will see more cases of people in hospital and unfortunately more cases of death. “

The daily number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK

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Two more deaths have been reported in Northern Ireland, where the death toll now stands at 573.

Its total of confirmed cases rose to 8,631 after the detection of 129 new infections.

The death toll in Wales stands at 1,597 after no new deaths were reported.

The number of confirmed cases increased from 199 to 19,880.

In other developments:

– The Rhondda Cynon Taf area in South Wales will be placed under a local lockdown following an increase in coronavirus cases, the Welsh government has announced.

– The Covid-19 infection rate in Bolton, where local restrictions are in place, climbed to 211.1 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days leading up to September 10 – higher than the rate in Leicester when was returned in a local lock.

– London director of Public Health England, Professor Kevin Fenton, has suggested that a nighttime curfew could be part of the measures being considered in the capital to prevent a second wave of the virus.

– Tests for Covid-19 were not available on Wednesday in some of the worst-affected areas in England – some people have offered slots more than 50 miles away.

It was not possible to book a test in Bolton – which currently has the highest infection rate in England – on Wednesday morning.

– Boris Johnson has defended the struggling Covid-19 testing system and said his government is drawing up a list of who will be front of the line, amid growing fears of a new coronavirus crisis in homes of retirement.

Mr Johnson was confronted by Deputy Labor leader Angela Rayner with questions from the Prime Minister after Sir Keir Starmer was forced to wait more than 24 hours for the result of a coronavirus test on a member of family.

– The Bolton NHS Foundation Trust has urged people to stay away from the accident and emergency unit at Royal Bolton Hospital unless strictly necessary after nearly 100 people showed up for request Covid-19 testing.

– Every household in Middlesbrough will receive free masks with information brochures as mayor-elect steps up fight against Covid-19.

– Ten English Football League matches – three in the league, four in League one and three in League two – will be played with crowds of up to 1,000 this weekend.


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