UK coronavirus hospital death toll rose by 98 in Friday’s biggest jump since June

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The UK’s coronavirus hospital death toll has risen by 98 – the highest jump on a Friday since early June – as much of the country braces for tighter lockdown restrictions. England reported 82 new deaths, Scotland nine, Wales five and Northern Ireland two to bring the number of hospitals to 35,730.

This is the biggest increase on a Friday since 142 deaths were announced four months ago on June 5.

For comparison, the death toll on recent Fridays was 64 on October 9, 55 on October 2, 36 on September 25, 18 on September 18, and nine on September 11.

The lowest increase announced on a Friday was five on August 21, while the highest was 953, which was set on April 10 when the UK was going through the first peak of its outbreak.

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NHS hospitals brace for increase in admissions

The death toll announced this week was 98 Friday, 108 Thursday, 97 Wednesday, 101 Tuesday and 43 Monday, which was lower due to a delay in reporting deaths over the weekend.

NHS England announced 82 deaths on Friday, bringing the total number of hospital deaths in England to 30,825.

The victims were aged 35 to 97, and all but eight (aged 49 to 94) had known underlying health issues.

The North West reported the most deaths (39), followed by the North East and Yorkshire (21), the Midlands (13), the East (five) and London (four). No deaths have been reported in the south-east and south-west.



This map shows lockdown restrictions in place in England



People moving into Preston town center in Lancashire which is being moved to level 3

Lancashire is set to enter a Level 3 (very high) lockdown, which has the tightest restrictions, from Saturday, as London, most of Essex and York will move to Level 2 ( Student).

Leaders in the Liverpool City region, the first area to enter a Level 3 lockdown, have called the new system a “mess” due to inconsistencies.

Number 10, meanwhile, said the prime minister is not currently seeking to impose a so-called national ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown.

Scotland has recorded nine deaths of coronavirus patients in the past 24 hours, Nicola Sturgeon said.

That brings the death toll by this measure – of people who tested positive for the virus for the first time in the previous 28 days – to 2,594.

Speaking at the Scottish Government’s daily briefing, the Prime Minister said 1,196 people had tested positive in the past 24 hours.

That’s 16.9% of those newly tested, up from 17.6% on Thursday.

She said 45,232 people had now tested positive for the virus, up from 44,036 the day before.



This graph shows a sharp increase in the number of hospitalizations


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Of the new cases, 416 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 309 in Lanarkshire, 161 in Lothian and 104 in Ayrshire and Arran.

There are 629 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, an increase of 27 in 24 hours.

Of these patients, 58 were in intensive care, an increase of six.

Ms Sturgeon said a new multi-tiered lockdown system in Scotland ‘will strengthen our resilience to live with this virus’ when it replaces temporary measures which are due to end on 25 October.

In Wales, the death toll rose by five to 1,703 and there were 979 new cases – a daily record – bringing the total to 34,0005.

Prime Minister Mark Drakeford said the Welsh government will meet this weekend to discuss a breaker lockout and announce any decision on Monday.



The latest R numbers by region in England, as of Friday October 16

Wales’ ban on visitors entering from coronavirus hotspots elsewhere in the UK goes into effect on Friday.

There have been two more deaths in Northern Ireland, where a four-week breaker lockout goes into effect on Friday. The toll is now 608.

It also set a new daily record with 1,299 confirmed cases. His total is now 25,177.

Meanwhile, the reproduction number, or R-value, of the transmission of the coronavirus across the UK still remains above 1.

Data released Friday by the Government Office for Science and the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) show the estimate of R for the whole of the UK to be between 1.3 and 1.5.

Last week the R number was between 1.2 and 1.5.

R represents the average number of people infected by each person positive for Covid-19.

When the number is greater than 1, an epidemic can grow exponentially.

An R number between 1.3 and 1.5 means that on average 10 infected people will infect between 13 and 15 other people.

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