UK coronavirus hospital death toll climbed by 422 the day before England’s lockdown ended


Another 422 deaths at Covid hospital have been recorded across the UK in the past 24 hours.
There have been 23 hospital deaths in Wales, 34 in Scotland, 15 in Northern Ireland and 350 in England.

As of 4 p.m. yesterday, there had been 66,713 deaths in all settings in the UK for which Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate and 58,448 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.

Of the new hospital deaths in England, three were between the ages of 20 and 39, while 85 were in the Midlands.

East of England was the least affected region with 21 deaths.

The figures are released as England prepare to emerge from a full month-long national lockdown.

Deaths remain at levels seen in May during the first wave

However, 99% of the country will remain in Level 2 or 3 Covid measures, subject to a Commons vote today which the government is expected to win despite a Tory rebellion.

Both levels are expected to hit the hospitality industry hard.

An argument over whether scotch eggs count as a “substantial meal” is now on its second day with Minister Michael Gove contradicting himself in several interviews aired this morning.

The decision on what makes a “substantial meal” will impact thousands of pubs in Level 2 areas.

And in Wales, owners have been outraged by plans to ban the sale of alcohol in pubs after 6 p.m., as cases continue to rise after a two-week lockdown.

Responding to questions in the House of Commons about the tiered legislation, Boris Johnson said the aim of introducing the tiered system across England was to contain the virus.

Former Labor Minister John Spellar said: “(Mr Johnson) has spoken about eradicating the virus. Only one virus in history has been eradicated. Containment may well be the only option available to us. ”

Mr Johnson replied: “(Mr Spellar) is of course absolutely right and it is containment that is the goal of the prioritization system that the government is announcing, and I hope the benches opposite will support this evening despite what I understand. decision to abstain, which seems extraordinary to me. ”

He added: “We cannot just allow the current restrictions to expire for the reason he gives, without any replacement. ”

Mr Johnson said measures would be needed until spring, when a vaccine is expected to be widely distributed and the warmer weather will also help reduce infection rates.


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