Covid-19 cases rose by nearly 17,000 today

Another 67 people have died with coronavirus in the UK, as second wave cases continue to surge.  

A further 16,982 positive tests have also been reported in the latest official figures, which show Sunday is the first day in six where less 100 deaths have been reported in 24 hours. There tends to be a lag in the figures being reported at the weekend. 

It brings the UK’s death toll to 43,646 since the pandemic began, with the total number of cases rising to 722,409.

The last time the UK recorded more than 100 deaths before this week was on June 10. 

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Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been 58,500 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

Earlier on Sunday, NHS England said a further 61 people who tested positive for coronavirus had died in hospital in the country in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of confirmed deaths reported in the setting to 30,971. 

They were aged between 54 and 96. All but four of the patients had known underlying health conditions. The deaths were between October 4 and 17.

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

Visitors to York walk through the famous Shambles street on October 18, 2020 in York, England.
Visitors walk through Shambles Street in York, which has become another of England’s ‘high risk’ areas placed under tier two restrictions (Picture: Getty Images)

There were 4,974 Covid-19 patients in hospital in England on Sunday, up from 3,451 a week ago, while 503 were in ventilation beds, up from 401 a week ago.

A total of 632 patients confirmed to have the virus were admitted to hospitals in England on Friday, compared with 544 a week earlier.

Elsewhere, there have been a further 950 cases of Covid-19 diagnosed in Wales, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 35,628.

Public Health Wales added that three further deaths had been reported, which takes the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic to 1,711.

Northern Ireland reported 1,012 new Covid-19 new cases in the last 24-hours, the Department of Health said.

There were five deaths reported on Sunday, taking the toll recorded by the department to 615.

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There are 228 patients with the virus being treated in hospital, including 30 in intensive care.

Scotland has not released its figures for today.  

It comes amid a growing row between the Government and local leaders in Greater Manchester over imposing tier three restrictions on the region. 

But revellers in the city, as well as in Leeds and London, enjoyed a cold night out under tier two curbs, with indoor household mixing now banned. 

Meanwhile, there are cautious hopes that a vaccine could yet be ready Christmas – with pictures showing doses rolling off production lines. 

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Source: Metro