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UK coronavirus death toll surges by 367 in biggest jump since May

The UK has recorded 367 new coronavirus deaths overnight – more than double yesterday’s figure of 102.

It marks the highest daily rise in fatalities since May 27, when 422 deaths were reported.

Another 22,885 Covid-19 cases were also recorded over the past 24 hours, compared to 20,890 on Monday.

It brings the total number of cases recorded in the UK since the start of the pandemic to 917,575.

Meanwhile the official UK death toll now stands at 45,365.

However, separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show more than 61,000 deaths have so far been registered across the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

Further ONS analysis, released today, revealed that England and Wales had seen virus deaths rise for six consecutive weeks.

A total of 670 deaths registered in the week ending October 16 mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate.

This is the highest number of registered deaths involving the virus since the week ending June 19.

It marks a 53 per cent rise from the previous week, when 438 deaths involving Covid-19 were recorded.

North-west England registered 229 deaths involving the disease, the North East had 93, Yorkshire and the Humber had 87.

The South East was the only region to have fewer deaths from all causes than the average for this time over the past five years.

Looking at the data, Nuffield Trust deputy director of research Sarah Scobie said: “The areas of England that are seeing the most deaths from Covid-19 are the same areas facing spikes in cases and tighter restrictions to curb the virus, with particular increases in deaths due to Covid-19 registered in the North West.

“These stark regional differences are now really beginning to affect local services.

“While there is understandably a desire to maintain non-Covid services in hospitals, this is coming up against the reality of rising numbers of cases and severely ill patients in the worst-affected regions.

“What’s more, cancelled operations are just one symptom of the strain hospital services are under – they don’t tell us about the growing pressures faced by families and carers as deaths outside hospital continue to climb.”

Deaths in hospitals remained below the five-year average while deaths in private homes and care homes were above it.

Kevin McConway, emeritus professor of applied statistics, The Open University, said the latest data makes for “sobering reading”.

He said: “Looking at the locations where deaths occur, it remains the case that deaths (from all causes) at home are running at roughly 100 a day more than the five-year average, while deaths in hospitals are below average.”

He continued: “Another disturbing feature of this week’s data is that deaths (from all causes) in care homes in England and Wales are now higher than the average for the same week in the past five years.

“The number of excess deaths in care homes is not large, 90 for that week, but the numbers of deaths in care homes have been lower than the five-year average for every week since mid-June until this most recent week.”

The figures take the total number of deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK to 61,116.

Meanwhile, Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director of Public Health England, warned that the rising coronavirus death toll was likely to “continue for some time”.

She said in a statement: “We continue to see the trend in deaths rising and it is likely this will continue for some time.

“Each day we see more people testing positive and hospital admissions increasing.

“Being seriously ill enough from the infection to need hospital admission can sadly lead to more Covid-related deaths.

“We can help to control this virus. We know that by washing our hands regularly, wearing a face covering and socially distancing we can save lives by slowing the spread of the virus.”

Source: Evening Standard Business News

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