The UK has recorded another 492 coronavirus deaths, marking the biggest loss of life in a single day since May 19, when 500 fatalities were reported.
Cases also soared by 25,117, according to official figures, ahead of a looming national lockdown in England tomorrow. Today’s figures are the latest evidence of an upward trend in second wave figures. Yesterday also saw a sharp increase – but deaths were almost 100 less at 397. It means the overall death toll now stands at 47,742, with and case numbers rising to 1,099,059.
Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies for deaths suggest that there have now been around 63,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.
In Scotland, the number of daily coronavirus deaths also hit its highest level since May, Nicola Sturgeon has said. The First Minister said 50 deaths from Covid-19 and 1,433 positive tests have been recorded in the last 24 hours.
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It takes the death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – to 2,927.
A total of 4,649 people have died in Scotland with confirmed or suspected coronavirus, the National Records of Scotland said earlier on Wednesday.
It comes as MPs overwhelmingly voted in favour of another national lockdown in England, by 516 votes to 38.
Earlier, NHS England said a further 302 people who tested positive for coronavirus had died in hospitals in the country, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in the setting to 33,637.
Patients were aged between 13 and 100. All except 12, aged between 56 and 99, had known underlying health conditions.
The deaths were between March 30 and November 3.
12 other deaths were reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.
There have also been a further 1,202 cases of coronavirus in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases there to 55,658.
Public Health Wales reported a further 44 deaths, taking the total in the country since the start of the pandemic to 1,939.
The number of deaths is the highest daily figure reported by the agency since the start of the pandemic, but a time lag meant the fatalities are spread across a number of days and did not all occur during the previous 24 hours.
Dr Robin Howe, incident director for the Covid-19 outbreak response at Public Health Wales, explained: ‘Due to a reporting time lag, some of the deaths included in today’s total are from previous days.
‘The data dashboard is a rapid reporting tool which is subject to ongoing revision and reconciliation.’
Meanwhile, there have been 10 further Covid-19 linked deaths in Northern Ireland and 679 new cases of the virus, the Department of Health announced.
The death toll recorded by the department now stands at 740.
There have been 40,858 confirmed cases in Northern Ireland, including 4,498 in the last seven days.
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