UK coronavirus deaths rise by 66 to 45,119 with none in London – but cases are on the rise

THE UK coronavirus death toll has hit 45,119, with 66 fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours – including none in London.

However, the latest Department of Health figures show 642 Brits have tested positive for the killer bug – higher than the 538 new cases recorded yesterday.

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The latest rise in deaths confirmed by the Department of Health is lower than it was yesterday, when 85 more deaths were logged.

Today's death toll refers to those who have died in all settings – including care homes, hospices and the wider community.

In England, the total number of Covid-19 deaths rose to 29,144 today – up 19 from yesterday.

NHS England confirmed the patients were aged between 52 and 91 years old and all had underlying health conditions.  

There were no deaths recorded deaths in London in the past 24 hours, according to today's figures.

Scotland recorded its first death in eight days, Nicola Sturgeon said today.

The latest figures show 2,491 patients have now died in Scotland after testing positive for Covid-19 and 18,384 people have tested positive for the virus – which is up 11 from yesterday.

In Wales, did not record a single death overnight as their overall tally stayed at 1,545.

Northern Ireland also recorded no further deaths – keeping their total at 556.

Today, we reported how the true coronavirus death toll is lower than the official daily government figures.

Initially scientists said that government figures had underestimated the daily death toll, but Oxford University experts now claim that recently it has been overstated.

The experts suggested that just 40 people a day are dying in all settings combined which includes hospitals, care homes and private households.

Earlier this week the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published deaths registered in England and Wales in the week to July 3.

This revealed that 532 of the 9,140 total mentioned the coronavirus on death certificates.

This indicates a slide from a peak of 1,272 deaths on April 8.

Experts at the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine said the daily number of deaths has fallen considerably with 64 occurring on June 30 and 37 on July 1.


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