10-year-old becomes one of latest coronavirus victims as 422 others die in UK hospitals


The number of lives lost to the coronavirus pandemic in UK hospitals has increased by 422 – with a ten-year-old child among the latest victims. Health officials today confirmed there have been 353 deaths in England, 41 in Scotland, 21 in Wales and seven in Northern Ireland.

The victims in England were between 10 and 100 years old, with a 31-year-old man with no known underlying health problem among those who died.

More than 100 deaths have occurred in the Midlands, the highest number of any region.

A week ago there were 410 deaths in hospital, while a fortnight ago the figure was 372.

A month ago, on October 24, 218 deaths were confirmed in UK hospitals.

Later today, the health ministry will confirm the death toll in all settings, after 206 was announced last night, bringing the official toll to 55,230.

UK Covid-19 death rate continues to rise

NHS England provided a breakdown showing where the Covid-19 patients died:

  • East of England – 21
  • London – 21
  • Midlands – 101
  • North East and Yorkshire – 80
  • North West – 71
  • South-East – 35
  • South-West – 24

The UK this month became the fifth country to have recorded 50,000 deaths, after the United States, Brazil, Mexico and India.

Today’s tragic figure comes a day after Boris Johnson announced that England would revert to a three-tier system when the nationwide lockdown ends next Wednesday.

Speaking from 10 Downing Street last night, the Prime Minister warned that “this is the season to be very careful” – as ministers cannot rule out more deaths if the rules are relaxed on Christmas.

Figures released today showed Covid-19 deaths increased for tenth week in a row

Deaths from all causes exceeded the five-year average

The government’s own winter plan makes it clear that Christmas “will likely lead to increased transmission.”

The government’s winter plan says, “The public will be advised to be cautious.

“Whenever possible, people should avoid travel and minimize social contact.”

Earlier today, government data showed coronavirus deaths in England and Wales reached their highest weekly total since May while increasing for the 10th week in a row, new figures show.

More than 71,200 deaths involving Covid-19 have now occurred in the UK, with excess deaths topping 30,000.

There were 2,466 deaths involving Covid-19 recorded in England and Wales in the week ending November 13, the first time in six months the weekly toll was over 2,000, the Office for National Statistics said ( ONS).

This is an increase of 529 deaths, or 27%, from the previous week, when there were 1,937 deaths related to the disease.

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Coronavirus deaths accounted for a fifth of all deaths (12,254) reported in England and Wales during the seven-day period ending November 13.

The government’s winter plan states, “Meeting other households will increase the risk of catching COVID-19 and passing it on to others.

“Even where it’s proper, meeting friends and family at Christmas will be a personal judgment for individuals to take, aware of the risks to themselves and others, especially those who are vulnerable.

Mr Johnson added: ‘This virus is obviously not going to give us a Christmas truce – it doesn’t know it’s Christmas.

“And families will need to be careful about the risk of visiting elderly relatives.”


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