UK coronavirus deaths up by 7 in lowest rise since early March as cases pass 300,000

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The UK’s official coronavirus death toll has risen by seven, the Department of Health said today.

This is the lowest rise since early March, and eight down on the previous lowest daily rise of 15, on Monday, June 22.

The official death toll across all settings is now at 45,759. This includes hospitals, care homes and the community.

There has been a further 685 new cases of coronavirus reported in the last 24 hours and total cases have passed 300,000, now sitting at 300,111 cases in the UK, marking another grim milestone for the nation.

Reported death tolls on Mondays are often lower due to a lag in weekend reporting.

But today’s figures continue a trend for lower numbers now Britain is through its first coronavirus peak.

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The highest death toll reported on a Monday was Bank Holiday Monday, April 13, when 717 deaths were recorded.

Last Monday saw 11 and the Monday before that also 11.

Across the four home nations, England is by far the worst affected for deaths caused by Covid-19, with 41,163 as of today.

Scotland has had 2,491 in the latest figures, (consider that this is an increase of just three in the 20 days since July 7) Wales has had 1,549 and Northern Ireland 556.

No new coronavirus deaths have been recorded in Scotland in the last 24 hours – the 11th day in a row without any fatalities.

A total of 18,554 people have tested positive for the virus in Scotland, up by three from 18,551 the day before.

There are 270 people in hospital with confirmed coronavirus and two patients are in intensive care.

Earlier today, the UK’s coronavirus hospital death toll was revealed to have increased by 10 – taking the total to 33,887.

Yesterday, the increase in hospital deaths marked the lowest Sunday since lockdown began – with nine deaths recorded in England and one in Wales. 

The total number of deaths in all settings was 14 yesterday.

The UK’s true death toll is believed to be more than 10,000 higher than reported by the Government, at least  55,398 as of July 7, based on death certificates mentioning Covid-19 as a cause and the latest available data.

The toll comprises fatalities where Covid-19 was mentioned on death certificates, including suspected cases, and it also includes more recent hospital deaths.

It is well above the government’s official toll which counts only confirmed Covid-19 deaths.

The latest figures come after millions of Brit will be made to quarantine after returning to the UK from Spain.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the Government will not apologise for the U-turn decision. 

Mr Raab added he could not rule out other countries being axed from the safe list if they suffer outbreaks, saying: “There is an element of uncertainty.” 

The Government’s decision was further mired in confusion after it emerged quarantine rules would also apply to the Canary Islands and Balearics, which have lower infection rates. The islands, which are hundreds of miles away from outbreaks on the mainland, also still have “travel corridors” in place with the UK. 

Labour  blasted the “shambolic” handling of the decision saying it had left hundreds of thousands of holidaymakers “confused and distressed”. 

Changes to the quarantine rules come after a World Health Organisation (WHO) expert warned a coronavirus vaccine will not be available before the end of the year. 

There were hopes in Britain that a Covid-19 vaccine being developed by researchers at the University of Oxford could be ready by Christmas as the disease continues to ravage the US, Mexico and Russia. 

Mike Ryan, head of WHO’s emergencies programme, said researchers are making “good progress” in developing vaccines against the virus, and a handful are in late-stage trials. 

But their first use cannot be expected until early 2021, the expert said as daily new cases around the globe are at near-record levels.

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