UK coronavirus death toll rises by 11 to 44,830 in lowest increase since start of outbreak
THE UK coronavirus death toll rose by 11 today in the lowest daily rise since the outbreak began.
It brings the overall death toll from the bug in the UK to 44,830, with no newdeaths recorded in Wales or Scotland.
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Another 530 have caught the bug, bringing the total number of infections in the UK to 290,133.
Today's rise in deaths is the smallest daily jump recorded since March 10, when just four deaths were announced.
Last Monday, 16 fatalities were logged across the UK and the Monday before that, the rise was 25.
The daily death rate tends to be lower after the weekend due to a lag in reporting and is likely to rise again tomorrow.
It comes as…
- Over 100 local lockdowns happening each week, says Hancock
- Cops guard farm site as more than 70 workers infected with bug
- Pub installs electric fence to enforce social distancing
- Covid vaccine will not be ready next year, expert warns
- Beauty salons reopen in England
In England, 11 hospital deaths were confirmed today, bringing the total number of virus deaths in English hospitals to 29,077.
Patients were aged between 72 and 95 and all had underlying health conditions.
No new deaths were recorded in Scotland or Wales, leaving the fatal tolls there at 2,490 and 1,541 respectively.
In Northern Ireland, one more fatality was logged, bringing the overall toll there to 556.
The figures come after Matt Hancock said dozens of new outbreaks were sparking more than 100 local lockdowns every week.
The Health Secretary said the localised spikes in Covid-19 are being dealt with “swiftly and silently” by shutting down areas and installing new testing regimes.
He revealed increased testing – including door-to-door examinations and more portable walk-in centres will take place to combat 100 outbreaks every week.
He also confirmed the lockdown imposed on Leicester – the first UK city to have been forced to shut down again – will be reviewed.
Yesterday, a coronavirus-ravaged farm where 75 workers have been struck down by the bug was shut, with police guarding the area.
Four vegetable pickers – including three with the killer bug – have now taken off and fled the farm, a source told The Sun Online.
The outbreak in Mathon, Herefordshire, is being closely monitored by PHE Midlands, with 200 workers now forced to isolate in mobile homes on site and police are guarding the area.
It is believed the four runawayslegged it across the fields to make their escape.
Meanwhile, beauty salons across Britain opened their doors this morning in the latest phase of lockdown restrictions being lifted.
Nail bars, tattoo and massage studios, body and skin piercing services, physical therapy businesses and spas will all be able to welcome customers again – as long as meet the government's strict Covid-19 guidelines.
To meet government guidelines, all staff in such businesses are required to wear a visor that covers their face or use a screen that protects both the practitioner and the customer, if the two metre social distancing measures cannot be maintained.
Where possible, equipment may also be spaced out to maintain social distancing, reducing their capacity to serve customers.
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