‘The trend in deaths is rising sharply’ Covid deaths reach highest rate since June

'The trend in deaths is rising sharply' Covid deaths reach highest rate since June

There has been a sharp rise in the number of Covid deaths in the UK.

The Government said that, as of 9am on Tuesday, there had been a further 21,330 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK. It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 762,542.

The Government also said a further 241 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, as of Tuesday. This brings the UK total to 43,967.

It is the highest daily figure reported since 258 deaths were reported on June 5 but there is often a delay in the reporting of deaths over a weekend.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been 59,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

Commenting on the latest rise in reported deaths, Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director of Public Health England, said in a statement: “The trend in deaths is rising sharply.

“Tragically we know that older people and those with underlying health conditions tend to suffer more if they become unwell.

“We all have a responsibility to follow the restrictions to help stop the virus spreading to those who are at greater risk.

“The measures across the country are there to reduce transmission of the virus which is why it is essential that we all follow them.

“We know that the easiest and best way to protect each other is to regularly wash our hands, wear a face covering when required and to keep space from each other.”

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