UK coronavirus death toll rises by 532 in 24 hours

The rise in fatalities brings the total number of people to have died within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test in the UK to 49,770. The total number of cases has risen to 1,233,775, government data showed.

The UK’s coronavirus death toll has increased by 532 over the latest 24 hour period, with the number of new cases rising by 20,412.

The latest figures were made public as new data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the number of weekly registered deaths involving coronavirus in England and Wales has exceeded a thousand for the first time since June.

There were 1,379 deaths mentioning “novel coronavirus” registered in the week ending 30 October, accounting for 12.7 per cent of all deaths in England and Wales, the ONS said.

This is the eighth consecutive weekly rise, up 401 deaths (41 per cent) from the previous week, which saw 978 Covid-19 deaths registered.

Layla McCay, director at the NHS Confederation, said: “While it is not uncommon for deaths to rise around this time of year, these figures show a significant increase beyond what would be expected, and most of these additional deaths are related to Covid-19. This demonstrates the heavy toll the pandemic continues to take.”

North-west England had 445 deaths involving Covid-19 registered in the week ending 30 October – the highest number for the region since the week ending 15 May, according to the ONS.

It was the region with the largest number and highest proportion of deaths involving coronavirus (25.4 per cent), and saw the largest weekly increase (120 more deaths).

London was the only English region to have fewer overall deaths than the five-year average.

So far this year, 65,231 deaths involving Covid-19 have taken place in the UK, the ONS data showed.

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