Daily coronavirus infections in the UK shoot up 30% in a week

By | July 28, 2020

Covid-19 cases rise AGAIN: Daily infections in the UK shoot up 30% in a week as Britain records 119 more deaths and figures show fatalities are rising in the South West and South East

  • Government statistics today revealed 581 more Brits have tested positive for the life-threatening disease
  • This is 30 per cent higher than the 445 cases diagnosed last Tuesday, Department of Health figures reveal
  • Despite cases being on an upward trajectory, the UK’s death curve has barely changed in the past 11 days
  • Britain today recorded another 119 lab-confirmed deaths, slightly up on the 110 posted this time last week
  • Separate government figures revealed Covid-19 deaths have dropped to 17-week low in England and Wales 

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Covid-19 cases are still on the rise across the UK as the average daily number of infections has shot up to almost 700 — the highest toll for more than three weeks.

Government statistics today revealed 581 more Brits have tested positive for the life-threatening disease, 30 per cent higher than the 445 cases diagnosed last Tuesday. 

It means the rolling average number of new infections, which takes into account figures recorded over the past seven days and has been on the up since July 8, is now 697 — up from 678 yesterday.

Despite cases being on an upward trajectory after the relaxation of strict lockdown rules, the UK’s death curve has barely changed in the past eleven days amid fears of a resurgence.

Britain today recorded another 119 deaths, slightly up on the 110 posted this time last week. It means 65 people are succumbing to the illness each day, on average, up from 64 yesterday.

Separate government figures today revealed Covid-19 deaths have dropped again to 17-week low in England and Wales — but are on the rise in the South East and South West.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) report also showed deaths from all causes were below average for the fifth week in a row and that the overall number of confirmed or suspected victims is around 56,000.

Department of Health officials say the laboratory-confirmed death toll — which only includes victims who have tested positive for the disease — stands at 45,878. 

In other coronavirus developments in Britain today:

  • Ministers decided to reimpose quarantine travel restrictions on Spain after it emerged 10 Brits had returned from the country with coronavirus and Professor Chris Whitty said ‘doing nothing isn’t an option’;
  • Boris Johnson admitted there are ‘signs of a second wave’ of coronavirus in Europe as he insisted it is up to Brits to decide whether to travel abroad this summer amid mounting uncertainty;
  • Teachers were warned not to travel abroad at the end of the summer holidays because they face potentially losing pay if they are put into quarantine during term time;
  • Ex-Supreme Court judge Lord Jonathan Sumption called on Britain to learn to live alongside Covid-19 because ‘there have been far worse diseases’;
  • Downing Street was urged to toughen up its ‘back to work’ message after a string of top firms said they would not be encouraging staff back to offices for months;
  • Oldham became the latest place to introduce tighter coronavirus restrictions after a 240 per cent surge in cases in the past week;
  • Selfridges told staff it plans to cut 450 jobs – around 14 per cent of its total headcount – in the latest UK jobs carnage with the tally of layoffs now above 66,000 since the coronavirus crisis began.

Covid-19 deaths dropped to another low across England and Wales since the lockdown. Figures show nearly five times as many people are now dying from the flu and pneumonia than coronavirus

Covid-19 deaths dropped to another low across England and Wales since the lockdown. Figures show nearly five times as many people are now dying from the flu and pneumonia than coronavirus

While Covid-19 deaths decreased or remained the same across all English regions, the South East and South West have seen an increase of 57 and 11 per cent, respectively, in one week

While Covid-19 deaths decreased or remained the same across all English regions, the South East and South West have seen an increase of 57 and 11 per cent, respectively, in one week

Statistics show the number of fatalities from all causes has been below the five-year average for the past five weeks in a row

Statistics show the number of fatalities from all causes has been below the five-year average for the past five weeks in a row

HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE REALLY DIED OF THE CORONAVIRUS IN THE UK?

Department of Health: 45,878

Department of Health’s latest death count for all settings (as of 9am, July 28) stands at 45,878.

The daily data does not represent how many Covid-19 patients died within the last 24 hours — it is only how many fatalities have been reported and registered with the authorities. 

It also only takes into account patients who tested positive for the virus, as opposed to deaths suspected to be down to the coronavirus.  

National statistical bodies: 56,483

Data compiled by the statistical bodies of each of the home nations show 56,483 people died of either confirmed or suspected Covid-19 across the UK by the end of May.

The Office for National Statistics yesterday confirmed that 51,366 people in England and Wales died with confirmed or suspected Covid-19 by July 17.

The number of coronavirus deaths was 824 by the same day in Northern Ireland, according to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).

National Records Scotland — which collects statistics north of the border — said 4,193 people had died across the country by July 19.

Their tallies are always 10 days behind the Department of Health (DH) because they wait until as many fatalities as possible for each date have been counted, to avoid having to revise their statistics.

Excess deaths: 65,249

The total number of excess deaths has now passed 65,000. 

Excess deaths are considered to be an accurate measure of the number of people killed by the pandemic because they include a broader spectrum of victims.

As well as including people who may have died with Covid-19 without ever being tested, the data also shows how many more people died because their medical treatment was postponed, for example, or who didn’t or couldn’t get to hospital when they were seriously ill.

Data from England and Wales shows there has been an extra 59,324 deaths between March 15 and June 12, as well as 4,924 in Scotland between March 10 and June 22 and 1,001 in Northern Ireland between March 28 and June 26. 

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Department of Health figures today showed almost 100,000 tests were carried out or posted the day before. The number includes antibody tests for frontline NHS and care workers.

But bosses again refused to say how many people were tested, meaning the exact number of Brits who have been swabbed for the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been a mystery for a month — since May 22.

Health chiefs reported 581 more cases of Covid-19. Government statistics show the official size of the UK’s outbreak now stands at 300,692 cases, less than 12 weeks after they tipped 200,000.

But the actual size of the outbreak, which began to spiral out of control in March, is estimated to be in the millions, based on antibody testing data.

It means the rolling average of daily cases stands at 697 — 10 per cent higher than the 635 average cases figure recorded last Tuesday.

The daily death data does not represent how many Covid-19 patients died within the last 24 hours — it is only how many fatalities have been reported and registered with the authorities.

The data does not always match updates provided by the home nations. Department of Health officials work off a different time cut-off, meaning daily updates from Scotland as well as Northern Ireland are always out of sync.

And the count announced by NHS England every afternoon — which only takes into account deaths in hospitals — does not match up with the DH figures because they work off a different recording system.

For instance, some deaths announced by NHS England bosses will have already been counted by the Department of Health, which records fatalities ‘as soon as they are available’. 

NHS England today recorded 12 deaths in hospitals across the country. No deaths were recorded in any setting in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

More than 1,000 infected Brits died each day during the darkest days of the crisis in mid-April but the number of victims had been dropping by around 20 to 30 per cent week-on-week since the start of May.

Sixty-five Britons are dying with Covid-19 each day, on average — exactly the same as the figure recorded last Tuesday. 

It comes as ONS figures today revealed there were a total of 295 Covid-19 deaths registered in England and Wales in the week to July 17. Of these, 192 actually occurred that week, while others happened in the weeks before.

‘Registered deaths’ relate to when they are recorded as opposed to when they occurred, and are the lowest since the week ending March 20, when 103 were registered.

They have dropped by almost a fifth (19.4 per cent) in one week and for the 17th consecutive week.

ONS revealed Covid-19 accounted for just 3.3 per cent of the all deaths over England and Wales registered that week, which compares to the 16.4 per cent caused by the flu or pneumonia.  

At the height of the pandemic, in the week ending April 17, 8,758 Covid-19 deaths were registered. 

But actual death occurrences are the lowest since the week ending March 13 — 10 days before Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced lockdown — confirming the virus is petering out.

The 192 that occurred is down from 323 in the previous week, and 422 the week before that. 

But while today’s data shows England is recovering from the Covid-19 crisis, two of the nine regions have shown a slight uptick in deaths from the disease. 

BORIS JOHNSON WARNS THERE ARE SIGNS OF A SECOND WAVE OF COVID-19 IN EUROPE 

Boris Johnson today warned there are ‘signs of a second wave’ of coronavirus in Europe as he defended the UK’s decision to reimpose quarantine rules on Spanish travel.

Britain’s decision to drop Spain from its safe travel list has sparked a diplomatic war between Madrid and London.

The Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said the UK’s blanket ban on all non-essential travel to Spain is an ‘error’ and is ‘unjust’.

But Mr Johnson insisted this morning the UK Government must act quickly to respond to what it believes are threats to the domestic fight against coronavirus.

He said: ‘What we have to do is take swift and decisive action where we think that the risks are starting to bubble up again.

‘Let’s be absolutely clear about what’s happening in Europe, amongst some of our European friends, I’m afraid you are starting to see in some places the signs of a second wave of the pandemic.’

Meanwhile, Mr Johnson insisted it is up to individuals to decide whether to travel abroad this summer amid mounting uncertainty.

He said: ‘These are decisions for families, for individuals, about where they want to go.’  

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In the South East, Covid-19 deaths rose by 57 per cent — from seven in Week 28 to 11 in Week 29. For the South West, the figures rose from 62 to 69. 

All nine regions had fewer overall deaths than the five-year average, meaning no ‘excess deaths’ are being recorded — those which are above what is expected for this time of year.

Excess deaths shot up by thousands during the pandemic, and the fact they have fizzled out is a positive sign the darkest days of the crisis are over. 

For much of the worst days of the outbreak Covid-19 deaths far outstripped those linked to flu or pneumonia, dementia, heart disease or other common causes of death. 

But the gap has narrowed gradually and those illnesses have once again become more common than the coronavirus.  

The provisional number of deaths registered in England and Wales increased in Week 28 is three per cent below the five-year average — the fifth consecutive week this pattern has been observed.

There were 270 fewer deaths than the five-year average in the week ending July 17. 

This can be explained by the fact Covid-19 has had a larger impact on those most vulnerable, for example, those who already suffer from a medical condition and those at older ages.

Experts say some of these people who would have likely died over the duration of the year have already died because of Covid-19. 

Flu and pneumonia deaths have also been lower than average during Britain’s epidemic, likely because of the measures introduced to curb the spread of Covid-19, meaning other infections were also strangled.   

The number of deaths in care homes and hospitals in the week to July 17 was also below the five-year average (140 and 862 deaths lower respectively).

However, the number of deaths in private homes was 766 higher than the five-year average. 

There have been excess deaths in private homes every week of this year, and rates are declining much slower than in other settings.  

The most up to date figures show the number of new cases is rocketing upwards in Spain. It announced 6,361 new cases over the weekend, up from 4,581 the previous weekend. France announced 2,551 new coronavirus cases on Monday

The most up to date figures show the number of new cases is rocketing upwards in Spain. It announced 6,361 new cases over the weekend, up from 4,581 the previous weekend. France announced 2,551 new coronavirus cases on Monday 

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has claimed that tourists are safer in his country than the UK. These are the worst coronavirus hotspots in each country and the number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 people

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez has claimed that tourists are safer in his country than the UK. These are the worst coronavirus hotspots in each country and the number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 people

It comes after Oldham today became the latest place to introduce tighter coronavirus restrictions after a 240 per cent surge in cases in the past week.

Official NHS statistics show 119 people were diagnosed with Covid-19 in the Greater Manchester town in the week up to July 25.

This equates to a rate of 50.5 cases per 100,000 people — the third highest rate in the country, behind only Blackburn with Darwen and Leicester.

Council bosses have now urged all of the borough’s 235,000 residents to not let any visitors into their home for at least two weeks.

They are keen ‘to prevent a strict local lockdown being put in place’ like that seen in Leicester, which has yet to be freed from the draconian restrictions.

It puts Oldham at odds with the rest of England, after lockdown rules were relaxed earlier this month to let people to stay overnight with loved ones.

Everyone living in the Greater Manchester borough has also been asked to keep two metres apart from friends and family when seeing them outside.

Current government advice for the rest of the nation recommends a one metre-plus rule — but people should keep two metres apart where possible.

THE 20 AUTHORITIES WITH THE MOST COVID-19 DEATHS… 

Birmingham: 1,216

Leeds: 706

County Durham: 704

Liverpool: 574

Sheffield: 573

Cheshire East: 550

Bradford: 499

Croydon: 495

Brent: 490

Barnet: 455

Wirral: 436

Manchester: 415

Ealing: 408

Cheshire West and Chester: 407

Buckinghamshire: 400

Harrow: 398

Enfield: 390

Walsall: 387

Cardiff: 381

Sandwell: 369

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… AND THE 20 LOCAL AREAS WITH THE FEWEST FATALITIES 

Isles of Scilly: 0

City of London: 4

Ceredigion: 7

Hastings: 10

South Hams: 12

Mid Devon: 17

West Devon: 17

Torridge: 20

Rutland: 23

West Lindsey: 23

Norwich: 25

North Devon: 26

Ribble Valley: 27

Melton: 28

Lincoln: 28

Mendip: 28

Ryedale: 31

Teignbridge: 33

Maldon: 34

Isle of Anglesey: 34

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HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE DIED OF COVID-19 IN YOUR LOCAL AUTHORITY?
LOCAL AUTHORITYDEATHSLOCAL AUTHORITYDEATHSLOCAL AUTHORITYDEATHSLOCAL AUTHORITYDEATHS
Birmingham1216Tower Hamlets188Lewes115Mansfield75
Leeds706Westminster185Maidstone115Oxford75
County Durham704Epping Forest184Chorley114Harlow74
Liverpool574Reigate and Banstead181Elmbridge113Rugby74
Sheffield573Hertsmere180South Derbyshire112Monmouthshire74
Cheshire East550Sutton179Welwyn Hatfield112Runnymede73
Bradford499Bedford173Havant111Broadland72
Croydon495South Gloucestershire169Hartlepool110Allerdale71
Brent490Tendring169Slough110Hambleton71
Barnet455Hammersmith and Fulham169Colchester110Bassetlaw71
Wirral436York168Winchester110Bracknell Forest70
Manchester415Mid Sussex168Wychavon110Eastbourne70
Ealing408Swindon167High Peak107Lancaster70
Cheshire West and Chester407Stratford-on-Avon167Portsmouth105South Kesteven69
Buckinghamshire400Barking and Dagenham166Erewash105Sedgemoor69
Harrow398Reading165South Staffordshire105Tamworth69
Enfield390Southampton165Mole Valley105Wellingborough68
Walsall387South Tyneside164Tewkesbury104Arun68
Cardiff381Newport162Hinckley and Bosworth104Gwynedd68
Sandwell369Dorset161Kettering104North West Leicestershire66
Wiltshire366Ashford161Warwick104Craven66
Stockport362Camden161Peterborough103Torfaen66
Wakefield349Brighton and Hove160Broxtowe103Merthyr Tydfil65
Wigan348Nuneaton and Bedworth159Denbighshire103Oadby and Wigston64
Bromley344East Staffordshire158Neath Port Talbot103Blaenau Gwent64
Sunderland337North Tyneside155Vale of Glamorgan103Burnley63
Rotherham329Thanet152Telford and Wrekin102Copeland62
Bolton321Richmond upon Thames152Amber Valley102Uttlesford62
Salford321Stockton-on-Tees151East Hertfordshire101Worcester62
Kirklees318Wokingham151North Lincolnshire100South Cambridgeshire61
Wolverhampton316Chelmsford151Sevenoaks100Hyndburn61
Hillingdon315Islington151Eastleigh99Harborough61
East Riding of Yorkshire314South Lakeland150Fareham98Redditch61
Derby312North Somerset149North Hertfordshire98Babergh59
Redbridge312Thurrock148East Northamptonshire98Stevenage59
Dudley311Gloucester145Conwy98Torbay58
Newham308Ashfield145Castle Point97Cotswold58
Leicester306Knowsley144Gravesham97South Norfolk58
Rhondda Cynon Taf300Blackpool142Blackburn with Darwen95South Northamptonshire58
Sefton298North East Derbyshire142Fylde95South Holland57
Tameside297King’s Lynn and West Norfolk142Spelthorne95South Somerset57
Lewisham292Waverley141Guildford94Gosport56
Lambeth289Newcastle-under-Lyme140Bridgend94Bolsover55
Coventry284Folkestone and Hythe139Tandridge93Rother54
Northumberland280Bromsgrove135Powys93Rossendale53
Central Bedfordshire278Flintshire135Bath and North East Somerset92East Lindsey53
Solihull277Redcar and Cleveland134Rochford92North Norfolk53
Havering275Cheltenham134Stroud92East Cambridgeshire50
Northampton274Caerphilly133South Ribble92Corby50
Haringey272Canterbury132Breckland92Richmondshire50
Doncaster262West Berkshire131Darlington90Malvern Hills50
Shropshire259New Forest131Plymouth90East Devon49
Oldham259Preston131Surrey Heath90Hart49
Bristol, City of252St Albans131Brentwood87Great Yarmouth49
Southwark250Kingston upon Thames131Three Rivers87Forest of Dean48
Barnsley249Windsor and Maidenhead130Wrexham87Somerset West and Taunton47
Waltham Forest249Huntingdonshire130Rushcliffe86Selby45
Newcastle upon Tyne247Carlisle129Chesterfield85North Kesteven44
Trafford242Dover129Carmarthenshire85Eden43
Bury241Halton127Rushmoor84Pembrokeshire42
Gateshead237Herefordshire, County of126North Warwickshire84Adur40
Hounslow235Ipswich126East Hampshire83Exeter39
Nottingham234Kensington and Chelsea126Scarborough83North East Lincolnshire35
Bexley234Watford125Cambridge82Boston35
Warrington229Dacorum124Chichester82Maldon34
Rochdale228Dartford122Isle of Wight81Isle of Anglesey34
Greenwich227Swale122Tunbridge Wells81Teignbridge33
Hackney225Charnwood122Epsom and Ewell81Ryedale31
East Suffolk220Vale of White Horse122Fenland80Melton28
Wandsworth215Gedling120Blaby80Lincoln28
Kingston upon Hull, City of214Stafford120Cannock Chase80Mendip28
Luton213Horsham120Barrow-in-Furness79Ribble Valley27
Basildon212Wealden119Worthing79North Devon26
Cornwall208West Oxfordshire119Derbyshire Dales78Norwich25
Middlesbrough205Lichfield119Staffordshire Moorlands78Rutland23
Southend-on-Sea205Braintree118Crawley78West Lindsey23
Merton204West Lancashire118Pendle77Torridge20
Swansea204Basingstoke and Deane117Newark and Sherwood77Mid Devon17
Stoke-on-Trent200Wyre117Mid Suffolk77West Devon17
Harrogate198South Oxfordshire117Woking77South Hams12
Milton Keynes197Calderdale117West Suffolk77Hastings10
St. Helens197Test Valley116Tonbridge and Malling76Ceredigion7
Medway192Cherwell116Daventry76City of London4
Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole188Wyre Forest116Broxbourne75Isles of Scilly

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