Covid UK News Live: Latest updates as ‘true’ death toll exceeds 65,000


The ‘real’ death toll from coronaviruses in the UK has now passed 65,000, according to the latest data.

The PA news agency made the announcement this morning, confirming that a total of 65,024 deaths involving Covid-19 had taken place across the UK.

The figures are the result of reports released last week by various bodies and agencies in which 61,498 deaths have been confirmed. Since those figures were compiled, however, 3,191 more deaths are known to have occurred in England, plus 77 in Scotland, 209 in Wales and 49 in Northern Ireland.

The news comes after it was claimed last night by a pandemic expert that around half of the UK’s positive coronavirus cases “go unidentified.”

Professor Mark Woolhouse, who teaches infectious disease epidemiology at the University of Edinburgh, told the BBC the failure was the reason Liverpool’s mass testing program was introduced. He said: “The problem that the pilot program is trying to solve is that we still don’t find around half of the cases of Covid in Scotland or the UK more generally.”

His claims have yet to be verified by the Scottish or UK government.


Coca Cola Christmas truck tour canceled due to virus

The UK Coca-Cola Christmas Truck Tour has been canceled for the first time in 10 years due to the current coronavirus crisis.

Coca Cola GB released a statement on Twitter, stating, “Due to current restrictions in the country, our Coca-Cola Christmas Truck Tour will not take place this year. “

“We know it’s disappointing, but we’ll continue to share special Christmas moments throughout the holidays,” added the famous beverage brand.

The 14-ton truck, fitted with free soda cans of light fairy lights, travels through around 40 of the UK’s major cities each year. The iconic truck, which runs an annual ad to spark festive excitement, stops in malls and supermarkets, and is generally a huge hit with children and families.

There was a mix of backlash on social media, with some pleading for the ‘tradition’ to continue while a woman thanked the brand, saying ‘children’s teeth need a year off’ .

Sam Hancock9 November 2020 10:28


People with disabilities feel ‘forgotten’ during pandemic, survey finds

The majority of people with disabilities in Britain feel their needs have been overlooked during the coronavirus, new figures show.

Activists warned that the lives of people with disabilities were ‘forgotten’ after a poll found 65% of those polled felt their rights had been negatively affected by Covid-19, often leaving them unable to do basic things like leaving the house, eating and bathing.

The YouGov survey of more than 1,000 people with disabilities of working age (18-65), commissioned by the BBC, found that seven in ten people felt their needs had been ‘overlooked’ since the start of the pandemic.

The findings come 25 years after the Disability Discrimination Act was passed in 1995. The law was designed to make it illegal to discriminate against people on the basis of their disability.

The independentcorresponding to the social affairs of, Mai Bulman, reports:

Sam Hancock9 November 2020 10:16


UK’s ‘real’ death toll exceeds 65,000

Just over 65,000 deaths involving Covid-19 have now occurred in the UK, according to the latest figures.

A total of 61,498 deaths have so far been recorded in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, according to reports released last week by the Office for National Statistics, National Records of Scotland and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research. Agency.

But since those figures were compiled, an additional 3,191 deaths are known to have occurred in England, plus 77 in Scotland, 209 in Wales and 49 in Northern Ireland, according to additional data posted on the government dashboard on coronaviruses.

Together, these totals mean that 65,024 deaths involving Covid-19 have occurred in the UK to date.

The official death toll in the UK, compiled by the Department of Health, still stands at 49,044. This figure often takes a few days to reflect the ‘real’.

Additional reports by the PA

Sam HancockNovember 9, 2020 9:57 AM


Everything you need to know about supermarket delivery slots during the lockdown

Sam HancockNovember 9, 2020 9:46 AM


Rail links to London cut as passenger numbers collapse during lockdown

As passenger numbers decline during England’s second lockdown, two key intercity rail routes to and from London will lose a third of their express services.

From November 14, Avanti West Coast will cut Euston’s connections to Manchester Piccadilly and Birmingham New Street from three trains per hour to two.

Currently, both cities have departures every 20 minutes in each direction to and from London Euston. But, with the changes, one in three existing departures to and from each city will be cut.

Sam HancockNovember 09, 2020 09:37


Wales enjoys ‘signs of stability’ as doctor warns people to avoid England

Wales’ chief medical officer Dr Frank Atherton said there were “early signs of stability” as the country emerged from its firewalls lockdown.

Speaking this morning on BBC Radio 4’s Today program, he said: “We are breaking out of the fire break arrangements today.

“We have always recognized that there would be a lag when it comes to the metrics we look at in terms of our success, but we are seeing early signs of stability and we are seeing it in the mobility data, so we recognize that people from Wales traveled a lot less during the firewall, and we’re starting to see that in some of the test rates.

Dr Atherton also said on the show that it is important that the Welsh behavior does not revert to what it was before. “We still have to work differently,” he said.

When asked if people could be prevented from traveling between England and Wales, Dr Atherton said that with England under national lockdown there was ‘no reason’ to cross the border.

“At the moment England is entering their lockdown so there is no reason for people to travel from Wales to England,” he said.

“As England emerges from their lockdown, we will absolutely have to reconsider the way people travel.”

Sam HancockNovember 9, 2020 9:07 AM


France faces second wave as death toll exceeds 40,000

The French prime minister urged people to respect the lockdown measures as a record number of coronavirus cases have been reported in a single day and the death toll in the country has exceeded 40,000.

Jean Castex said that the second wave of Covid-19 had “arrived brutally and violently” after meeting the staff of the CHU Hopital Nord in the city of Saint-Etienne.

Of French caregivers, Mr Castex tweeted: “Let’s respect them. Let’s respect confinement. Let us limit our contacts as much as possible. “

More than 30,000 people are hospitalized in France with Covid-19, after nearly 20,000 admissions in the past seven days, according to the Ministry of Health.

Peter Stubley to the story:

Sam HancockNovember 9, 2020 8:55 AM


US reports over 10 million cases and 239,000 deaths

More than 10 million people have now been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the United States, according to the latest figures.

The NBC News tally shows the grim milestone was reached as the number of cases worldwide reached 50 million.

There have now been more than 239,000 officially recorded deaths in the United States, and more than one million confirmed cases of the virus have been reported in the United States in the past 10 days.

The nation’s seven-day average exceeds 100,000, with at least four consecutive days in the past week when the United States broke its own record for daily cases.

The independentfrom Oliver O’Connell and Alex Woodward report:

Sam HancockNovember 9, 2020 8:45 AM


Half of UK positive coronavirus cases go unrecorded

About half of UK positive coronavirus cases go unrecorded, a pandemic expert has said.

Professor Mark Woolhouse, who teaches the epidemiology of infectious diseases at the University of Edinburgh, said those underreported cases meant attempts to control the virus were being done “with one hand behind the back.”

Professor Woolhouse, who is part of a Sage subgroup and is a member of the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 Advisory Group, also revealed that this was the reason why Liverpool’s mass testing program was introduced – to fight against the problem of unidentified cases.

Speaking on BBC Scotland Seven days program, Professor Woolhouse said: ‘The problem that the pilot testing in Liverpool is trying to solve is that we still don’t find around half of the cases of Covid in Scotland or the UK more generally,’ add: “It’s very high proportion. “

“It’s probably partly because a lot of them are asymptomatic or so mildly infected that they don’t recognize the symptoms, partly because people have symptoms but really don’t recognize them as Covid – I heard a few cases of this in the last week – and also the possibility that some people have symptoms and ignore them, maybe because they don’t want to isolate themselves, ”he said.

He ended by warning: “We cannot effectively control the epidemic if these cases are not also self-isolated and their contacts traced. This is going to make things much more difficult.

(Canal 4)

Sam HancockNovember 9, 2020 8:28 AM


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