Official data has revealed that the deaths in the last seven days were up 2 percent on the week before. This comes as cases continued to fall, down 20.4 percent on the week before. This data has revealed that the UK Covid death spike on Saturday was the highest daily rise in seven months.
As of yesterday, the number of coronavirus patients in UK hospitals was 8,068.
The total number of people in hospital with coronavirus in the UK has been over 8,000 for 10 of the past 11 days.
The weekly total of UK individuals who died of coronavirus in the week preceding Saturday 18 was 781.
The total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic of people who had had a positive test result for COVID-19 and died within 28 days of this result now stands at 135,147.
For the whole of the United Kingdom daily reported Covid cases fell from 32,651 on Friday to 30,144 on Saturday.
The news comes as the UK GOvernment has refused to rule out the possibility of reintroducing lockdown this winter.
The UK Government has already said that booster vaccines will be offered to people aged 50 and over this autumn and winter.
As the coronavirus continues to mutate into new strains, the booster vaccinations will be given to those who are considered clinically vulnerable, in care homes, or to health and social care workers.
A senior Government scientist, speaking to the i newspaper, claimed that plans have been drawn up for an October “firebreak” lockdown.
This would be introduced if hospitalisations continue at their current level and threaten to overload the NHS.
However, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said last week: “I don’t think that’s something we need to consider.”
On Monday, Professor Neil Ferguson, stated that he hoped another lockdown would be unnecessary.
However, he added that “you can’t rule out anything completely”.
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