UK coronavirus cases rise by 1,089 as 12 more people die

THE number of coronavirus cases in the UK rose by 1,089 to 320,286 today – exceeding the government's crucial target of 1,000 new infections per day.

Another 12 fatalities were logged, meaning a total of 41,381 have now died from the bug in Britain.

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The latest death tally refers to all fatalities in patients who died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 – after a government shake up changed the way data is recorded.

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In England, a further five coronavirus deaths were confirmed overnight, meaning 29,465 patients have now died from the bug in hospitals across England.

Patients in England were aged between 64 and 86 and all had underlying health conditions.

No new fatalities were recorded in Wales or Scotland, leaving the respective tallies there at 1,589 and 2,491.

Northern Ireland confirmed one further coronavirus death today – although this was not recorded in the last 24 hours – raising the Covid death toll there to 559.

'LOWEST SINCE LOCKDOWN'

It comes as the number of coronavirus deaths in England and Wales drops to its lowest level since lockdown began, figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show.

Of all the deaths registered in the week up to August 7, 152 mentioned “novel coronavirus (COVID-19)” on their death certificate.

This is the lowest number of deaths involving Covid-19 in the last 20 weeks and a 21.2% decrease compared with the previous week.

The data also showed that almost seven times as many people are now dying of influenza or pneumonia than Covid-19.

In the eight weeks up to August 7, the latest date for which figures are available, 3,144 people died of coronavirus – but 7,639 died of flu or pneumonia.

Eight weeks ago, a total of 1,002 died of influenza up to June 19 – compared with 783 Covid-19 deaths.

The gap has widened each week since and the latest figures show flu killed 1,013 people in the week up to August 7 – almost seven times as many as the 152 who lost their lives to coronavirus.

TRUE TALLY

The figures published by the ONS show that 51,935 deaths involving Covid-19 had occurred in England and Wales up to August 7, which were registered by August 15.

The National Records for Scotland recorded 4,213 deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered in Scotland up to August 9 while 859 deaths had occurred in Northern Ireland up to August 7 according to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.

Together, these figures mean that so far 57,007 deaths have been registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, including suspected cases. 

This total is far higher than the official figure reported each day by Public Health England (PHE) due to a difference in how the stats are recorded.

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