UK coronavirus hospital deaths increase by 199 as infections decline in England

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The UK coronavirus hospital death toll rose by 199 amid a study which found infections fell by nearly a third in England during the lockdown.
England reported 183 deaths, Northern Ireland had 10 and Scotland and Wales had three, bringing the UK hospital total to 47,399.

Tolls on Mondays tend to be lower due to a weekend lag in reporting deaths.

In comparison, the number of deaths reported on recent Mondays was 190 on November 23, 212 on November 16, 185 on November 9, 129 on November 2, and 103 on October 26.

The lowest increase on a Monday was two deaths on August 17, while the highest was 697 on April 13, when the UK was crossing the initial peak of the pandemic.

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NHS England announced 183 more deaths, bringing the total number of hospital deaths in England to 40,588.

The last victims were between 52 and 95 years old. All but three (aged 84 to 93) had known underlying health problems.

By region, there were 57 deaths in the North East and Yorkshire, 55 in the Midlands, 19 in the North West, 16 in the South East, 13 in London, 12 in the South West and 11 in ballast.

Research from Imperial College London suggests coronavirus infections fell by nearly a third in England during the second nationwide lockdown.



This graph shows the number of coronavirus patients in hospital in England



England will return to a three tier system this week after nationwide lockdown

Regionally, research suggests infections have fallen by more than half in the North West and North East, and have also declined in Yorkshire and the Humber. But the prevalence remained high in the East Midlands and West Midlands.

Downing Street refused to rule out the possibility of imposing a third national lockout on England.

Asked about this possibility, the Prime Minister’s official spokesperson said: “The very purpose of the regionalised tiered approach and the rationale for placing places in individual tiers is to build on the gains already made in terms of reduction of virus transmission. , that’s why we introduced the approach. ”

Pressed again to rule out that a new national lockdown could be introduced, he said: “You have seen statistics this morning showing that Covid cases have dropped and we have seen the rate of R drop over the weeks. previous ones.

“We want to continue to see this trend, we want to continue to see the rate of transmission of the virus decrease and that is the goal of the tiered approach. ”

The death toll in Northern Ireland rose by 10 to 996.

Scotland has recorded three deaths from the coronavirus and 369 positive cases in the last 24 hours, Nicola Sturgeon said.

The death toll by this measure – of people who tested positive for the virus for the first time in the past 28 days – is now 3,275.



The daily number of new coronavirus cases in the UK



This graph shows the rates of coronavirus cases in the East Midlands

Speaking at the Scottish government coronavirus briefing, the Prime Minister said the positivity rate for daily tests was 6.1%, down from 5.2% on Sunday.

Ms Sturgeon said there had been a “technical glitch” with the notification systems overnight, meaning the reported numbers could be “slightly lower” than expected.

A total of 95,058 people have tested positive in Scotland, up from 94,689 the day before.

Of the new cases, 133 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 49 in Lanarkshire and 48 in Lothian.

There are 1,041 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, a drop of eight in 24 hours.

Of these patients, 75 are in intensive care, a decrease.

In Wales, the death toll climbed from three to 2,540.

Pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes in Wales will be forced to stop selling alcohol and close at 6 p.m. in a new round of restrictions that will begin on Friday night before Christmas, Prime Minister Mark Drakeford has said.

The new regulations that go into effect from 6 p.m. on December 4 will also see cinemas, bowling alleys and other indoor entertainment venues forced to close until they are revised on December 17.

The announcement comes just three weeks after the end of the 17-day firewalls lockdown in Wales and amid a further rise in coronavirus cases, particularly among those under 25 in 17 of 22 local authorities from the country.

Mr Drakeford defended the firewall lockdown, but said further restrictions on the hospitality sector had to be imposed as numbers grew faster than “expected or hoped”.

“I don’t think we made the wrong decision regarding the lockdown itself,” he told reporters.


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Meanwhile, the minister responsible for coronavirus vaccine rollout said injections would not be mandatory.

Health Minister Nadhim Zahawi told BBC Radio 4’s World at One: “I think it’s fair that it’s voluntary.

“People must be allowed to decide for themselves whether they want to be vaccinated or not.

“But, I think the very strong message you will see is how we send the whole country back, and so it’s good for your family, it’s good for your community, it’s good for your country to be vaccinated.

“And, at the end of the day, people will have to make a decision. ”

Asked whether people who receive the Covid-19 vaccine will be given some sort of ‘immunity passport’ to show they have been vaccinated, Mr Zahawi replied, ‘We are looking at the technology. ”

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