UK coronavirus cases climb nearly 3,900 in 24 hours


Another 3,899 laboratory-confirmed coronavirus cases have been recorded in the UK in the past 24 hours.As of 4 p.m. on Sunday 20 September, 18 more deaths were confirmed in the past day – with the UK death toll now standing at 41,777.

Figures from the Department of Health show that overall, 394,257 cases have been confirmed in the UK since the start of the pandemic.

Separate figures released by UK statistical agencies show that there are now 57,500 registered deaths in the UK, where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

Today’s figures follow a sharp rise on Saturday where an additional 4,422 new cases were confirmed and on Friday, where 4,322 new daily confirmed cases of coronavirus were confirmed. Both were the highest since May 8.

NHS England said on Sunday that 12 more people who tested positive for the coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths in hospitals to 29,747.

The patients were between 62 and 98 years old and all had known underlying health problems.

The dates of the deaths were between April 30 and September 19, with the majority on or after September 18.

As of Thursday, September 17, 1,081 patients with Covid-19 were being treated in hospital.

In Scotland, there was an increase of 245 positive cases of Covid-19 on Sunday.

Although no new deaths have been recorded, figures show positive cases increased by 545 over the weekend.

This brings the total number of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus to 24,371. The death toll remains at 2,505.

Virus cases and hospital admissions for Covid-19 are doubling every seven to eight days in the UK, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The government science advisory group for emergencies (Sage) said the R number – representing the number of people to whom an infected person will transmit the virus – has risen from 1.1 to 1.4, meaning that cases could increase very quickly.

Although deaths are currently low, experts expect them to increase, with Sage saying the R number “shows that we are moving towards broader growth in transmission at a faster rate.”

Last week, the R number was between 1.0 and 1.2.


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