Daily coronavirus deaths in the UK rise by 67, the biggest increase on Sunday since June


Another 67 people have died from coronavirus in the UK in the past day.Today’s increase is the largest increase in the number of deaths on Sunday since June 7, when 77 were recorded, with cases rising today to 16,982.

England suffered 59 deaths, while Northern Ireland had five, Wales three and Scotland zero.

It comes as the number of hospital deaths from coronavirus in the UK has risen by 69.

The two numbers are calculated differently, which means that sometimes the number of hospital deaths can be higher than the number of all deaths.

The total number of deaths in the UK now stands at 43,646, with the total number of cases rising to 722,409.

A member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) said Christmas will be ‘difficult’ this year and it is unlikely to be a traditional family celebration if Covid-19 infections continue to rise during the flu season.

Clinical staff wear personal protective equipment (PPE)

Professor Jeremy Farrar has said that a national breaker lockout is now needed, as previously recommended by Sage last month, saying there could currently be 50,000 cases of coronavirus per day across the UK.

Speaking to Sky News’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday, the Wellcome Trust director said the “best time” to introduce the temporary lockdown would have been September 20.

The ‘second best time’ is now, and the ‘worst time’ is the end of November when things would have really gotten worse.

He added: “I think we have to be honest and realistic and say that we are in a very, very difficult three to six month period.

Coronavirus deaths on the rise again

“The temperatures are dropping, we are all indoors more often, we have the other infections that occur this time of year. ”

However, he said there was “light at the end of the tunnel” because he believes a Covid-19 vaccine and effective treatment will be ready in early 2021.

Of the current increase in hospital deaths, England has reported 61 deaths, Northern Ireland has five, Wales has recorded three and Scotland has had none.

This is the largest increase on a Sunday since 77 deaths were announced on June 7.

A vaccine should be ready in early 2021

In recent Sundays, 35 deaths were confirmed on October 11, 29 October 4, 18 September 27 and 12 September 20.

The lowest total on a Sunday was three (set multiple times in August and early September), while the highest was 710 on April 12, when the UK was at the initial peak of its outbreak.

The figure tends to be lower on Sunday due to a reporting lag on weekends.

NHS England has announced 61 deaths, bringing the total number of hospital deaths in England to 30,971.

The latest victims were aged 54 to 96 and all but four, aged 56 to 92, had known underlying health issues. The deaths took place between October 4 and 17.

North West recorded highest number of deaths

The North West recorded the highest number of deaths (24), followed by the Midlands (14), North East and Yorkshire (12), South East (five), London (four) and the ‘Is (two). The Southwest region has not reported any deaths.

Four other deaths have been reported without a positive Covid-19 test result.

Northern Ireland has reported five more deaths, bringing its total to 615. It now has 27,220 confirmed cases after 1,012 more positive tests.

The death toll in Wales rose by three to 1,711, while the number of confirmed cases climbed from 950 to 35,628.

A senior doctor told Sky News there was no evidence to suggest the coronavirus had become less dangerous despite falling death rates.

Dr Alison Pittard, Dean of Critical Care Medicine, London, said that while treatment is improving, social distancing is also impacting transmission and viral load.

She said: “It is still a very deadly virus, even though the majority of people who are still infected will have very, very minor illness or may not even know they are sick at all.

“For people who have to be hospitalized, for those who come to intensive care, it is still a very serious illness. ”

She added: “If you end up in intensive care with Covid pneumonia you are almost twice as likely to die as a person admitted with non-Covid pneumonia – so this is still a matter of concern. “


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