UK coronavirus death toll soars by 167 in largest Sunday increase since June

The UK’s coronavirus hospital death toll has today risen by 167.

It is the largest increase on a Sunday since 77 deaths were announced on June 7, Mirror Online reports

The deaths of 137 patients who tested positive for coronavirus were recorded by NHS England.

Wales reported 16 deaths, Scotland six and Northern Ireland eight.

The latest figures came after ministers revealed England’s second lockdown could extend beyond December 2.

Cabinet Office minister  Michael Gove said the Government would be forced to extend restrictions if the R rate had not been reduced sufficiently by the current end date target.

He said: “We’ve got this four-week period during which we’re going to review progress. But of course we’ll always be driven by the data.

“It’s our hope, on the basis of the analysis we have, that we will have significantly reduced the reinfection rate.”

Friday’s update of the rolling seven-day rate of new cases of Covid-19 showed Birmingham had a rate of 276, up from 240 last week, with Walsall, Tamworth, North Warwickshire and areas of Staffordshire all higher.

Data for the four days covering October 27 to 30 was excluded as it was incomplete and did not reflect the true number of cases.

Walsall had a rate of 336, behind Cannock, at 343.

Scotland confirmed six more people had died after testing positive for coronavirus. It means 2,849 people have now died from the disease.

Another 1,148 new cases of Covid-19 were also recorded in Scotland, taking the overall number of infections there to 65,061.

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Graph presented at the Downing Street press conference shows how Covid is increasing in every part of the country except possibly the North East, where it remains high
(Image: HM Government)

Wales reported 16 new fatalities, taking the total number of deaths there to 1,888.

Another 819 new coronavirus cases were also recorded, meaning a total of 51,691 people have been infected with Covid-19 in Wales.

Northern Ireland today reported a further eight deaths from coronavirus, which took the overall figure to 716.

Yesterday, another 256 deaths from the virus were reported from Britain’s hospitals.

From Thursday. People will be ordered to stay at home while pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, gyms and non-essential shops must shut.