United kingdom Corona Virus The number of hospital deaths increased by 108, matching the highest daily total since early June and five times what it was a month ago.
England reported 86 new deaths, Scotland 15, Wales five cases, and Northern Ireland two cases, bringing the total number of hospitals to 35,838.
Along with Thursday’s total death toll of 108, this is the largest number of hospital deaths reported in a single day since 109 on June 10, and is more than five times the total on September 19 (21 deaths).
In recent Saturdays, 87 deaths were confirmed on October 10, 51 on October 3, and 23 on September 26.
The lowest Saturday total was five on August 15, while the highest was 917 on April 11, when the UK was at the initial peak of the outbreak.
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The National Health Service in England announced 86 deaths, bringing the total number of hospital deaths in England to 30,911.
The most recent victims were between 44 and 99 years old, and all but two of the patients, aged 62 to 79, were aware of underlying health conditions.
The deaths were between September 16 and October 16. Three more deaths were reported without a positive Covid-19 test result.
The Northwest had the largest number of deaths (33), followed by the Midlands (17), the Northeast and Yorkshire (15), London (11), the southeast and southwest (4 each), and the East (2).
The latest Scottish government figures showed that Scotland had recorded 15 deaths from coronavirus patients in the past 24 hours.
This brings the number of deaths under this measure – from people who tested positive for the virus for the first time in the past 28 days – to 2,609.
1,167 people have tested positive for the virus during the past 24 hours, bringing the total number since the start of the epidemic to 46,399.
This is 17.6% of newly tested individuals, up from 16.9% on Friday.
There are 675 people in hospital who have been confirmed to have the virus as of yesterday, an increase of 46 in 24 hours.
Of these patients, 62 were in intensive care, an increase of four.
The death toll in Wales rose to 1,708, after five more deaths were recorded.
There were 674 new confirmed cases, taking the total to 34,679.
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Two more deaths were announced in Northern Ireland, where the death toll now stands at 610, and the number of new cases rose to 26,208 with an additional 1,031 positive tests.
More than half of England’s population – 28 million people – now live under Level 2 and Level 3 lockdowns after tightening restrictions in places like Lancashire, London and most of Essex and York.
Lancashire has entered a Level 3 lockdown, which carries the strictest restrictions on social media, at 12.01 am Saturday. Join Liverpool as the only regions at this level, but Greater Manchester may join them next week.
Under the strictest controls, pubs and bars are closed unless they can serve meals and internal mixing is prohibited.
Downing Street is being urged to resume talks with local leaders in Greater Manchester about plans to take the area to the highest level.
Boris Johnson Under increasing pressure to impose a short national lockdown known as the circuit breaker, he has warned that he will step in and impose restrictions if talks with Manchester’s leaders fail.
Leaders, including Mayor Andy Burnham, are refusing to accept Tier 3 restrictions without greater financial support for businesses and residents.
It was understood that No 10 had yet to determine further talks over the weekend, and Mr Burnham said there had been no meetings since Thursday morning and local leaders were ready to resume talks.
Level 2 metrics in London, most areas of Essex, York, Elbridge, Barrow-in-Furness, Northeast Derbyshire, Ariwash and Chesterfield mean that people can no longer mix indoors with those of other families, including in bars and restaurants.
Wales has also banned people in Tier 2 or 3 regions in England, as well as the entire Central Belt of Scotland and Northern Ireland, from entry as of 6pm on Friday.
The Welsh government was due to meet to discuss the circuit breaker’s closure and will announce any decisions on Monday.
Bars, restaurants and cafes across Northern Ireland were forced to close their doors to sit-down customers as the four-week circuit breaker went into effect starting Friday.
Scotland is set to reveal details of its new tiered lockdown system later this month.
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