Another 28 Covid deaths recorded in Midlands as UK hospital fatalities climb by 218

Another 28 deaths linked to coronavirus have been reported in Midlands’ hospitals as UK figures soared by 218.

There was a total of 185 fatalities registered in England, while Wales suffered 16, Scotland reported 11 and Northern Ireland had six.

The figures cover people who had tested positive for coronavirus within the past 28 days.

The latest victims in England were aged between between 32 and 98 years old, with 78 deaths also reported in the North West and a further 48 fatalities in the North East and Yorkshire.

Weekly statistics from the part-privatised NHS Test and Trace system show 101,494 people tested positive at least once in the week to October 14.

This is an rise of 12 per cent on the previous week and is the highest since Test and Trace launched at the end of May.

A further 1,324 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 41,577.

Total number of deaths during the pandemic in the principality rose to 1,772.

The NHS will be unable to cope if coronavirus cases continue to increase at the present rate, a scientist has warned.

Professor Neil Ferguson, whose modelling led to the original lockdown in March, said that while infections among 18 to 21-year-olds were falling, they were continuing to rise in other age groups.

“Unfortunately, in every other age group case numbers continue to rise at about the same rate they were. There are little hints of slowing.

“It is a worrying situation. We now have 8,000 people in hospital with Covid. That is about a third of the level we were at the peak of the pandemic in March.

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“If the rate of growth continues as it is, it means that in a month’s time we will above that peak level in March and that is probably unsustainable.

“We are in a critical time right now. The health system will not be able to cope with this rate of growth for much longer.”