UK coronavirus hospital death toll rises by seven

UK coronavirus hospital death toll rises by seven

UK coronavirus hospital death toll rises by seven

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The coronavirus death toll in the UK has risen by seven, according to a preliminary toll.

NHS England reported six new deaths on Tuesday, bringing the total number of fatalities in hospitals in England to 29,358.

Public Health Wales meanwhile reported one new Covid-19 death, taking the total number of deaths in the country to 1,566.

Northern Ireland reported no new deaths for the 22nd consecutive day, leaving the death toll in the region at 556, while Scotland had no new deaths for the 19th straight day, meaning its own death toll still stands at 2,491.

The figures do not account for Covid-19 deaths outside of hospitals, with the Government’s official toll set to be updated later.

Separately on Tuesday data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed weekly coronavirus deaths have fallen by more than quarter within seven days.

Covid-19 deaths in the UK are now hovering at the lowest level since before the lockdown, according to ONS figures, with England and Wales experiencing fewer deaths than would normally be expected for the sixth week in a row.

There were 217 deaths registered in the week ending July 24 involving Covid-19 – accounting for 2.4 per cent of all deaths.

This is a 26.4 per cent fall from the previous week, when there were 295 deaths where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate.

The last time deaths involving coronavirus were so low was in the week ending March 20, before nationwide lockdown measures were introduced, when there were 103 deaths.

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