UK coronavirus death toll rises by just 31 – lowest increase since before lockdown – Latest News

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The country’s official coronavirus death toll now stands at a staggering 41,662, and figures recorded across all settings, including care homes, will be released later today.

England recorded 27 new deaths, Wales three, Scotland one, while Northern Ireland reported zero.

The total number of people who have lost their lives to Covid-19 in the UK is now nearing 42,000, but there has been a prolonged downturn in deaths for several weeks

The UK’s coronavirus death toll in hospitals has risen by just 31

NHS England said that patients were aged between 50 and 101

Figures indicate the R number is between 0.8 and 1.0 across the whole of England

Casualties without underlying health conditions were in the high risk age group

The casualties without underlying health conditions were in the high risk age group, and were 77 and 96.

The UK’s coronavirus death toll in hospitals has risen by just 31 – the lowest increase in Covid-19 fatalities since lockdown began.

NHS England said that patients were aged between 50 and 101, and all but two had underlying health conditions.

For the entire UK, the R rate remains slightly higher, between 0.7 and 0.9, and is important as the figure is crucial in guiding the Government’s gradual relaxation of lockdown measures.

Figures indicate the R number is between 0.8 and 1.0 across the whole of England, but it is significantly higher in some parts of the country.

Government scientists have said the reproduction rate may have risen above 1 in parts of England.

If the R value is one, each infected person will on average pass coronavirus on to one other, increasing the virus’ transmission in the community.

“By the end of the month we could be in a position where we are observing no deaths.”

Professor Carl Heneghan told The Times: “The trend in the data is looking reassuring and there’s no reason it shouldn’t continue.

Despite this, a top Oxford Professor said Britain is likely to record no coronavirus deaths in three weeks, as long as Brits follow guidelines and the R rate remains below 1.

He said his prediction was based off of the fact emergency services and 111 call handlers are receiving less Covid-19 cases.

“Community transmission is low, admissions to hospitals are very low,” Mr Heneghan added.

The UK’s coronavirus death toll in hospitals has risen by just 31 (Image: Getty Images)

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