UK coronavirus hospital deaths increase by 151, more than double in one month


The number of coronavirus patients to die in UK hospitals has increased by 151.Health officials today announced the figure, which includes 122 deaths in England, 19 in Wales, three in Scotland and seven in Northern Ireland.

A week ago, 137 hospital deaths were confirmed, while a fortnight ago the figure was 90.

A month ago, on October 8, health officials said 58 people had died after contracting Covid-19.

In the past 24 hours, the number of confirmed cases has passed 50 million, while the worldwide death toll is around 1.25 million.

The latest data from the Ministry of Health puts the death toll in all settings at 48,888, although the virus has been mentioned in more than 62,000 since the start of the pandemic.

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Earlier today, the Welsh Prime Minister called on the UK’s four countries to work together and find a unique approach.

Mark Drakeford said Cabinet Minister Michael Gove had promised a four-country meeting next week so that country leaders could “pool their ideas, plan together and have a common approach to the Christmas season” .

His comments come as Wales prepare to emerge from a 17-day fire lock on Monday, as England continue their month-long lockdown which ends in early December.

“I really hope this meeting comes to fruition,” Drakeford told Sky News’s Sophie Ridge on Sunday.

As to whether he wanted to see families reunite on Christmas, he said: “The restrictions that people have had to live with are incredibly difficult and demanding, and everyone is judged and tired of the coronavirus.

Yesterday 24,957 new cases of the virus were confirmed

“If we can provide a break at Christmas, that’s what we would like to do. ”

He added: “The only way to do it is if we have this opportunity to meet and talk together.

“I really hope the UK government is serious about this and making sure these opportunities exist for all of us. ”

Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab responded to the government amending a slide that showed there could be as many as 4,000 coronavirus-related deaths per day next month.

Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter, statistician and chairman of the Winton Center for Risk and Evidence Communication at Cambridge University, had previously described the data that has been shared with the public to justify a second lockdown in England as a ‘mess “.

Asked whether the government is presenting ‘the scariest data’ on Covid-19, Mr Raab told Sky: ‘No look, we have shown models that show what could happen if certain scenarios occur.

“We’ve corrected the slide you were referring to and it’s the wealth of scientific information that has come down to us… we’ve tried to be as transparent as possible. ”

He added that “mistakes are made or facts need to be changed, but that’s the point of transparency.”


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