The UK’s coronavirus death toll has risen by 532, the largest daily jump since May, it has been confirmed.
The tragic figure was announced by the Department of Health, with 20,412 people testing positive in 24 hours.
It brings the official death toll since the start of the pandemic to 49,770, while figures show there are 13,617 Covid-19 patients in hospital.
It is the highest rise in one day since May 13, when 614 deaths were confirmed.
A week ago there were 136 deaths in all settings, while a month ago, on October 10, there were 87.
Earlier today health authorities said 372 deaths had occurred in UK hospitals, including 300 in England, 39 in Scotland, 22 in Wales, and 11 in Northern Ireland.
NHS England confirmed that 300 people, aged between 35 and 100 had died after contracting the virus in the country’s hospitals.
More than a third of the victims were in the North West, where 114 people died.
Latest NHS data shows the regions which recorded the highest daily increases:
- East of England – 4
- London – 17
- Midlands – 62
- North East & Yorkshire – 79
- North West – 114
- South East – 11
- South West – 13
New figures out earlier today showed the weekly coronavirus death toll in England and Wales had reached 1,000 in the first time since June.
A total of 1,379 deaths registered in the week ending October 30 mentioned Covid-19 on the death certificate, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The total is up from 978 deaths in the week to October 23 – a jump of 41%.
Yesterday Boris Johnson warned that the coronavirus nightmare isn’t over despite the news that a vaccine could be on the horizon.
In an address to the nation from Downing Street, the Prime Minister said: “These are very very early days.
“I have talked about the distant bugle of the scientific cavalry coming over the brow of the hill.
“That toot of that bugle is louder but still some way off.
“We cannot rely on this news as a solution.”
More than 65,200 deaths involving Covid-19 have now occurred in the UK, new figures show.
The ONS’s report said a total of 63,110 deaths have so far been registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
This includes 57,408 deaths in England and Wales up to October 30 (and registered up to November 7), which were confirmed by the ONS on Tuesday.
Since these statistics were compiled, a further 1,836 deaths are known to have occurred in England, plus 78 in Scotland, 125 in Wales and 82 in Northern Ireland, according to additional data published on the Government’s coronavirus dashboard.