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UK records 22,885 more coronavirus cases and further 367 deaths

Written by on 27/10/2020

The UK has recorded 22,885 more coronavirus cases and a further 367 deaths in the latest 24-hour period, official figures show.

The number of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infections is a rise on Monday’s figure which was 20,890.

There have now been a total of 917,575 cases in the UK and 45,365 deaths.

Yesterday, government data announced 102 people had died within 28 days of a positive test.

Meanwhile, separate figures from the Office for National Statistics show the number of weekly registered deaths involving coronavirus rose by more than half in seven days.

There were 670 fatalities registered in England and Wales which mentioned “novel coronavirus” in the week ending 16 October, the ONS said.

This is a rise of 53% from the previous week, when 438 deaths involving COVID-19 were registered.

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It is the sixth successive rise and the highest number of registered deaths involving coronavirus since the week ending 19 June.

Deaths increased in all regions in England and Wales, and in hospitals, care homes, hospices, private homes and other communal establishments.

Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director of Public Health England, warned the rising number of dead was likely to “continue for some time”.

She said in a statement: “We continue to see the trend in deaths rising and it is likely this will continue for some time.

“Each day we see more people testing positive and hospital admissions increasing.

“Being seriously ill enough from the infection to need hospital admission can sadly lead to more COVID-related deaths.”

 Sky News

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