Six more people have died with coronavirus in English hospitals

A further six people have died with coronavirus in hospitals in England in the last 24 hours.

One person died with Covid in Wales, Scotland recorded no deaths, bringing the UK total in the past day to seven deaths.

This means the total number of confirmed reported deaths in English hospitals linked to Covid is 29,496.

In the latest deaths, the patients were aged between 79 and 93 years old and all had known underlying health conditions.

One of the deaths was in the east of England, two were in the north-east and Yorkshire, one was in the north-west, while two were in the south-east.

There were no Covid-related deaths in the Midlands.

The figures come as Birmingham is the latest area of the UK to teeter on the edge of a local lockdown as infections rise in the city.  It has been put on a watch list and voluntary restrictions have been introduced in a bid to stop the spread.

Experts have also warned that the UK is on the same trajectory as Spain and the R rate is now rising, meaning the virus is spreading again.  If this continues, the Government could be forced to impose a second national lockdown in the autumn.

The news comes as Sir Mark Walport, a former chief scientific adviser, said coronavirus will be present “forever” and people are likely to need regular vaccinations against it.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that the pandemic would be controlled by “global vaccination”.

But he added that Covid-19 is not “going to be a disease like smallpox which could be eradicated by vaccination”.

Sir Mark, who is also a member of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), said: “This is a virus that is going to be with us forever in some form or another and almost certainly will require repeated vaccinations.

“So a bit like flu, people will need re-vaccination at regular intervals.”

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