UK Covid-19 daily death toll rises to 492 – highest since May.
An NHS staff member leaves UCL hospital in London. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA
The UK death toll from coronavirus has risen by 492 – almost 100 more than the previous day’s increase.
Wednesday’s total of people who died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 was the highest since 19 May, when 500 deaths were reported, and was 24% higher than the 392 recorded on Tuesday. This is despite the fact that figures on Tuesdays are often larger because of a delay in reporting deaths over the weekend.
The government’s official coronavirus death toll for the UK since the pandemic began is now 47,742. Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies for deaths where Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate, with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, show the number of deaths from Covid to be around 63,000.
Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director of Public Health England, said: “Sadly we know that the trend in deaths will continue to rise over the next few weeks. As the new measures come into place it will take some time for the impact to be seen.
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