Coronavirus: UK deaths up by 367 in highest daily rise since May

Andy Gregory
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 (Independent)
(Independent)

The UK has recorded over 350 more coronavirus deaths over the latest 24-hour period – the highest daily rise since late May.

Some 22,885 new cases were also identified, according to government figures, bringing the UK total to more than 915,000.

Covid-related deaths in England and Wales have risen for the sixth week in a row, separate data from the ONS showed on Tuesday.

The daily death toll reported on Tuesday accounts for people who died within 28 days of testing positive for the virus.

When taking into account fatalities for which Covid-19 is included on the death certificate, the UK death toll now surpasses 61,000.

“We continue to see the trend in deaths rising and it is likely this will continue for some time,” said Dr Yvonne Doyle, Public Health England’s medical director.

"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.”

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