Coronavirus-linked UK hospital death toll rises by 258 amid ‘critical point’ warning

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The UK coronavirus hospital death toll has risen by 258, amid warnings we are at a ‘critical stage’ in the battle against the virus.The tragic figure, announced by health authorities, includes 192 deaths in England, 37 in Scotland, eight in Northern Ireland and 21 in Wales.

This is the largest daily increase in hospital deaths in five months.

The patients who died in English hospitals ranged from 27 to 101, with one 63 with no known underlying health problems.

The North West recorded the highest number of casualties, with 73 dead, followed by the Midlands with 43.

Earlier today, a study found that nearly 100,000 people contract coronavirus every day in England – with nearly a million infected at a time.

Researchers from Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI have warned that an increase in hospitalizations and deaths was “inevitable” during the second wave.

There are now fears that the daily rate of new infections is reaching higher levels than at the start of the pandemic, with the official UK death toll currently standing at 45,675.



UK coronavirus death rate continues to rise

The study found that the rate of R across England – the rate of spread of the virus – is 1.6, meaning the virus is doubling every nine days.

In London, it could be as high as 2.86, according to the REACT study.

In their report, the scientists warned that spread control measures must be followed in order to contain the pandemic.

He said: “The co-occurrence of high prevalence and rapid growth means that the second wave of the epidemic in England has now reached a critical stage.

“While it is possible that some of the current control measures are too recent to have fed into the data reported here, the high prevalence already achieved and the rapid acceleration means that there will inevitably be a large number of hospitalizations and deaths. resulting from the second wave.

“Whether through regional or national measures, now is the time to control the virus and bring R below 1 if we want to avoid even more hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19. “

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