Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland record no new coronavirus deaths as UK toll rises by 53

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SCOTLAND, Wales and Northern Ireland recorded no new coronavirus deaths today as the UK toll saw its lowest Thursday rise since lockdown.

The UK death tally went up by 53 to 45,554 – lower than it was yesterday when 79 people died from the bug.

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It is the smallest daily rise on a Thursday since the start of lockdown when 183 deaths were logged on March 26.

Nicola Sturgeon announced no new deaths have been recorded for the past week as Scotland’s death toll stays at 2,491.

In Wales, no further deaths were recorded – leaving the deadly toll at 1,548.

Zero deaths were recorded in Northern Ireland today – keeping their total death at 556.

The Department of Health has not confirmed today’s new figures reported by Public Health England – after experts accused the body of bungling the figures.

The Department of Health’s figures come from all settings – including care homes, hospices and the wider community – meaning the current totals could change once the review has concluded.

The number of new cases reported by the Department of Health is 769 – a jump from yesterday’s 560.

 A total of 297,146 people have now tested positive for Covid-19.

Today’s death tally is lower than last Thursday’s number of 66.

In English hospitals, the total number of Covid-19 deaths rose to 29,231 today – up 19 from yesterday.

NHS England confirmed the patients were aged between 35 and 89 years old and all had known underlying health conditions.  

While cases have remained flat across the UK a North/South divide has started to form with eight of the most at risk areas being in the North of England and one being in North Wales.

Experts at King’s College London said the number of cases in the South has stayed the same, but in the North they have increased.

This week, figures published by the ONS revealed that three times as many people are now being killed by the flu and pneumonia than Covid-19.

For the week ending on July 10, ONS data shows that 917 flu and pneumonia deaths were registered.

In comparison, 366 coronavirus deaths were registered for the same week.

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