The Health Ministry announced the figure tonight after some delay, after revealing hours earlier that the new number of cases had recorded the highest ever single-day rise of 33,470.
Yesterday, 595 deaths were recorded, and it is the biggest increase in the death toll in a single day since May 13, when 614 deaths were confirmed.
In the past seven days alone, the DoH reports that there have been 2,808 deaths from coronavirus in the UK.
Business Secretary Alok Sharma, speaking live from Downing Street from 5 p.m. today, revealed that the UK’s seven-day moving average of 28-day daily deaths is now 375, down from 295 A week ago.
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Last Thursday, November 5, the death toll rose to 378 with 24,141 new cases, the first day of England’s second lockdown.
While on Thursday, October 29, the death toll increased by 280 with 23,065 new cases, it was, at the time, the highest number of deaths since May 28.
So far this week yesterday, the UK passed the grim milestone of 50,000, 595 more dead – then the biggest increase in the death toll in a single day since May 13, when 614 deaths have been confirmed.
In the 24 hours to Wednesday, the official death toll rose to 50,365, with 22,950 new positive cases.
And it came just a day after the daily death toll surpassed 500 for the first time since mid-May when, on Tuesday this week, the death toll increased by 532, with 20,412 new cases.
Meanwhile, Monday of this week, 194 new deaths were reported, with 21,350 people testing positive.
The death toll in the UK is higher than in other worst-affected countries in Europe, and the number of people killed by coronavirus is higher only in the US, Brazil, India and Mexico.
In April, UK Scientific Director Sir Patrick Vallance told MPs the goal was to keep the death toll below 20,000, describing it as a ‘good result’.
Earlier today, the number of coronavirus deaths in the UK in hospitals only increased by 411.
It was the biggest single-day increase in hospital deaths in the UK on a Thursday since May 7, when 464 deaths were announced.
There were 317 new deaths in hospitals in England, 45 in Scotland, 34 in Wales and 15 in Northern Ireland.
Statistics in hospitals use a different time period, hence the difference between the two death rates.
In recent days, new cases have been in the 20,000 range. Seeing it rise above 30,000 for the first time will raise fears the health service may be overwhelmed.
In the past seven days alone, the Department of Health has officially reported 166,998 new cases.
Business Secretary Sharma revealed the average number of new cases was 22,524 new cases per day, up from 22,398 a week ago.
There are currently 14,196 Covid-19 patients in UK hospitals, up from 12,406 a week ago.
While 1,219 patients are in mechanical ventilation beds at the hospital – up from 1,142 a week ago, Sharma added.