UK coronavirus death toll rises by 12

A further 12 people have died in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus, bringing the death toll to 41,549.

The Government said a further 12 people had died in the UK within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Saturday.

Another 1,813 cases of coronavirus have also been confirmed in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 344,164.

Eight of the people who died were in hospitals in England, while one was in Wales. Scotland reported no further deaths.

The daily death toll is roughly in line with other recent Saturdays. Six people were reported to have died in hospitals on August 29, seven on August 22, five on August 15, and 16 on August 8.

The number of people who have died after testing positive for coronavirus in UK hospitals has risen by nine (PA)

Some 29,604 people have now died in English hospitals after testing positive for coronavirus since the start of the outbreak, NHS England said on Saturday.

The newly-reported deaths were patients aged between 56 and 94. All had known underlying health conditions.

The dates of the deaths ranged from August 31 to September 4, with the majority on or after September 3, NHS England said.

Another two deaths have been reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.

A further 77 people tested positive for the virus in Wales, bringing the revised total of confirmed cases to 18,283.

An NHS Scotland ambulance (PA)

Scotland reported 141 new confirmed cases, bringing its total infections to 21,189.

Northern Ireland has yet to announce its figures.

The figures announced by regional authorities differ from the Government data given later in the day, which also includes deaths outside of hospitals.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been 57,300 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The new figures come after Friday saw the number of coronavirus cases in the UK soar to a four-month high after 1,940 new infections were recorded.

The UK last recorded figures that high on May 29, when 1,992 cases were recorded while there were much stricter lockdown restrictions in place.

It comes after the daily number of cases topped 1,700 on Thursday – the first time since June.


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