UK coronavirus hospital deaths soar by 945 in highest Tuesday increase of pandemic – Mirror Online

The UK’s coronavirus hospital death toll has increased by 945 – the highest rise on a Tuesday of the entire pandemic.

It is the second deadliest day for hospital deaths, behind the 953 fatalities on Good Friday (April 10) last year.

England reported 842 new fatalities, Scotland had 71, Northern Ireland recorded 24 and Wales had eight to bring Britain’s hospital total to 73,622.

By comparison, the number of deaths reported on recent Tuesdays were 839 on January 12, 628 on January 5, 419 on December 29, 488 on December 22, and 332 on December 15.

There tends to be a spike on Tuesdays due to a reporting lag at weekends.

Previously, the most deaths announced on a Tuesday was 854 on April 7, when the UK was going through the peak of its first wave of the pandemic. Fatalities during the second wave continue to trend upwards, but the daily number of new cases has been falling in recent days.

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The UK’s official toll in all settings was set to pass 90,000 deaths within 28 days of a positive test, but the true total is more than 105,000 when death certificates mentioning Covid-19 are included.

NHS England announced 842 new fatalities to bring the total number of deaths in NHS hospitals in England to 62,295.

The latest victims in England were were aged between 28 and 104 years old. All except 35 (aged 54 to 94 years old) had known underlying health conditions.

The death toll in Scotland increased by 71 to 5,376.

The number of Covid-19 deaths in the UK

The UK’s coronavirus death toll has soared in recent weeks
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Northern Ireland’s climbed to 1,649 after a further 24 deaths.

Public Health Wales reported a further eight deaths, taking its official toll to 4,302.

Meanwhile, new figures reveal that about one in eight people in England would have tested positive for antibodies to Covid-19 by December last year, up from one in 14 in October.

Antibody data on infection in private households suggests that one in 10 in Wales had also been infected by December, alongside one in 13 in Northern Ireland and one in 11 in Scotland.

Deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales

This chart shows deaths involving coronavirus in England and Wales
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The figures come from the Office for National Statistic’s Covid-19 Infection Survey in partnership with the University of Oxford, University of Manchester, Public Health England and Wellcome Trust.

They are based on the proportion of the population who are likely to have tested positive for antibodies to Covid-19, based on blood test results from a sample of people aged 16 and over, but do not reflect all the people who have had coronavirus and do not take account of antibodies waning over time.

The study came as Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed he is self-isolating after receiving an alert through the NHS Covid-19 app.

In a video posted on Twitter, he said: “Last night I was pinged by the NHS coronavirus app, so that means I’ll be self-isolating at home, not leaving the house at all until Sunday.”

Mr Hancock, who has previously had coronavirus, said self-isolating is important because it is “how we break the chains of transmission”.

It comes days after he was pictured walking through Queen’s Park in north-west London, which was filled with parents and children, carrying a rugby ball and covered in mud.

Downing Street claims Mr Hancock, who tested positive for Covid-19 in March last year, was following the rules and exercising when he was pictured in the park.

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