UK coronavirus hospital death toll rises by five as pandemic continues to worsen – Latest News

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All five patient deaths occurred at hospitals in England, with Wales and Scotland reporting no new fatalities. Northern Ireland will report its figures later.

Scotland recorded a four-month high in new cases over 24 hours as officials grapple with a second wave of the coronavirus.

The number of new cases in Scotland have hit a four-month high as officials grapple with a second wave of Covid-19 across the UK, killing five people in hospitals

The Nightingale Hospitals created to help the NHS cope are said to be being prepared for new patients

The number of positive tests continues to increase

Gatherings will be limited to six people in an effort to curb the spread

Hospital admissions and hospital deaths have remained low despite the sudden uptick in coronavirus cases.

The UK’s hospital death toll today climbed by five as new infections continue to spike across the country.

Yesterday there were eight deaths of patients in the UK’s hospitals.

A total of 244 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Scotland in the past 24 hours – the highest daily figure since May 6. The number of cases in Wales rose by 162.

Peter Openshaw, professor of experimental medicine, Imperial College London, said a “trickle” of cases can turn into a “cascade”, adding that if people do not abide by the “rule of six” now then the country faces going back into “hard lockdown”.

It comes amid warnings that the UK needs to act fast to stop coronavirus cases growing out of control, with a delay of even a few days potentially “dangerous”, according to an academic who advises the Government.

The letter, which was sent on Friday, urges care bosses to “take the necessary action to prevent and limit outbreaks”, pointing out that in the last three days there had been an increase in notifications of coronavirus cases in care homes.

His comments come as concerns grow over an increase in Covid-19 cases in care homes, prompting the Government to send an alert to care providers to highlight the rising rates and to call for action.

From Monday, it will be illegal for people in England to meet in groups of more than six, inside or outside.

The Government’s new rule of six can seem “somewhat irrational” at times, but the alternative could be a wider lockdown, a top scientist has said.

Fines can be issued to anyone found flouting the rules, starting at £100, but which could climb to £3,200.

Professor Peter Openshaw, professor of experimental medicine at Imperial College London and an adviser to the Government on respiratory viruses said the rule “does seem somewhat irrational in some of the detail and I can appreciate that”.

He added: “I’m afraid it’s going to cause pain and suffering for us all to go back to some degree of lockdown but I’m afraid if we don’t do this now we’re going to be right back in hard lockdown.

Questioned further on what he meant by “irrational”, Prof Openshaw explained to Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday programme: “I think people have been complaining widely about the fact that you can carry on doing things like exercising in groups and doing sports and getting together for special events, but yet you can’t have both a grandmother and a grandfather come to visit your home if you’re a family-of-five.

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