UK coronavirus hospital death toll climbs 167, biggest increase on Sunday since June


The death toll in hospitals from coronavirus in the UK has risen by 167 today.This is the largest increase on a Sunday since 77 deaths were announced on June 7.

NHS England said 137 other patients who tested positive for the coronavirus had died.

Scotland has confirmed six more people have died after testing positive for the coronavirus. This means that 2,849 people have died from the disease today.

Another 1,148 new cases of Covid-19 were also recorded in Scotland, bringing the total number of infections there to 65,061.

Wales has reported 16 new deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 1,888.

819 new cases of coronavirus have also been recorded, meaning a total of 51,691 people have been infected with Covid-19 in Wales.

Clinical staff wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when caring for a Covid-19 patient

Northern Ireland today reported eight more deaths from the coronavirus, bringing the overall figure to 716.

685 new cases have also been reported in the past 24 hours and there are now 361 patients with the virus in hospitals in the region, including 111 people in intensive care.

A further 256 deaths from the coronavirus were reported in UK hospitals yesterday.

Previous Sunday, the number of hospital deaths increased by 90 last week, 69 on October 18, 35 deaths were confirmed on October 11 and 29 on October 4, October 18 on September 27 and 12, 20.

The latest figures come after ministers, scientists and Labor all admitted England’s second lockdown could extend beyond December 2.

In news that is slowly dashing hopes for a traditional family Christmas, Cabinet Minister Michael Gove said the four-week “time-limited” shutdown could last longer than expected if needed.

And he refused to rule out plunging England into a third or fourth domestic lockdown next year.

Scientists and Labor leader Keir Starmer have both said the lockdown must remain in place until it has enough effect – even if it exceeds four weeks.

Boris Johnson announced a second national lockdown last night

Sir Keir had previously called for a two to three week lockdown, but the government has delayed so long that scientists say it will no longer be enough. He told the BBC: “We have to stay in lockdown until the infection rate [R] is less than 1. ”

It comes after Boris Johnson last night announced a month-long lockdown for England – a brutal U-turn after weeks of pursuing failed local restrictions.

People will have to stay home while pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, gyms and non-essential stores are to close. People will be told to “stay home” like in March. But the schools will remain open.

Boris Johnson will address the House of Commons tomorrow and MPs are expected to vote on the plans on Wednesday – amid a furious Tory revolt.

Mr Gove said it was “likely” the new shutdown would take the R number below 1 and his “fervent hope” that it would be completed in time.


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