Coronavirus Updates: UK cases rise again as 81 more deaths reported

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Coronavirus UK Updates: Further north, Scotland’s official death toll is up by 64 - the highest rise for more than 6 months
Coronavirus UK Updates: Further north, Scotland’s official death toll is up by 64 - the highest rise for more than 6 months

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK has increased by 15,166 in 24 hours.

As of 9am on Saturday, the new cases brings the total number of cases in the UK to 590,844, the Government has said.

The Government also said a further 81 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Saturday. This brings the UK total to 42,760.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been 58,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

A further 60 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 30,439, NHS England said on Saturday.

Patients were aged between 41 and 93 years old. All but five patients, aged 72 to 86, had known underlying health conditions.

The deaths were between March 30 and October 9. Most were on or after October 7.

Seven other deaths were reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.

Separate figures show there were 3,225 Covid-19 patients in hospital in England as of Saturday, up from 2,194 a week ago, while 396 Covid-19 hospital patients were in ventilation beds, up from 307 a week ago.

A total of 513 patients with confirmed Covid-19 were admitted to hospitals in England on Thursday, compared with 386 a week earlier.

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