UK coronavirus hospital death toll climbs 87 as Prime Minister prepares to announce tougher measures


The death toll in hospitals from coronavirus in the UK has risen by 87 as restrictions are set to become tighter from next week.England has recorded 60 more hospital deaths, Wales has had 21 and Scotland six more.

Northern Ireland has no more reports of deaths.

Today’s total death toll was the biggest increase since the end of June.

Last Saturday, October 3, 51 deaths were recorded in British hospitals. On Saturday, September 26, the death toll increased by 23.

64 people died from coronavirus in hospitals on Friday.

England recorded 56 more deaths, Scotland recorded six, Wales had two and there were no new deaths in Northern Ireland.

Daily confirmed cases of Covid-19 in UK

An intensive care unit in Cambridge

Scotland today reported 1,009 new cases of the coronavirus and said 34 people were in intensive care yesterday with recently confirmed Covid-19.

In Scotland, 432 people were in hospital yesterday with recently confirmed cases of the deadly disease.

The latest figures come as a three-tier lockdown system is expected to be announced next week, with the areas most affected being rated as tier 3 and facing the toughest restrictions.

Level 3 measures should include the compulsory closure of reception areas such as pubs and restaurants, while mixing with other households will not be allowed.

Level 2 areas should also be hit by the ban on meeting people you don’t live with, although pubs and restaurants are allowed to stay open.

UK’s Covid-19 R number dropped slightly to 1.5 this week

Places with the lowest infection rates will still have to adhere to the ‘rule of six’ and 10pm curfews currently in place in England.

The UK’s Covid-19 R number dropped slightly to 1.5 this week.

But the rate of transmission is not slowing down, according to new estimates from government science advisers who have warned the UK is at a “critical point” in the second wave.

A separate Office for National Statistics (ONS) study also found that England’s cases of the virus had doubled within a week.

Stricter restrictions for England are expected to be announced on Monday in an effort to reduce the spike in infections and avoid a second nationwide lockdown.


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