ANOTHER 24,701 Brits have tested positive for coronavirus overnight – while 310 more have lost their lives to the deadly bug as deaths DOUBLE in just a fortnight.
It's the second consecutive day that deaths have been above 300. A further 367 people were reported to have died with the virus yesterday – the highest number in more than five months.
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Two weeks ago – Wednesday, October 14 – 137 people were recorded to have died, meaning the death rate has more than doubled.
It comes as:
- The UK's unofficial death toll has now passed 60,000
- Govt scientists predict second Covid wave could be more deadly than first with ‘lower but longer peak’ death toll
- The Sun revealed that the latest government modelling overseen by chief scientist Sir Patrick Vallance shows more than 25,000 will be in hospital with the virus by the end of November
- The coronavirus R rate has dropped – but every area of the UK is still above one
Another 174 people died in hospitals in England.
Those who lost their lives were aged between 33 and 102. All but four, who were aged between 61 to 87, had known underlying health conditions.
The highest number of fatalities – 50 – were recorded in the north-west, while 48 died in the north-east and Yorkshire, 44 in the Midlands and 11 in the south-east.
Ten people also died in London – where every borough now has more than 100 cases per 100,000 people – and three died in the south-west.
In Scotland, another 1,202 people tested positive, and 28 died.
In Wales, currently the fifth full day of a firebreak lockdown, 1,414 people were newly-diagnosed with the virus – and 37 lost their lives.
The number of people who have died in Wales has risen drastically. Yesterday, seven deaths were recorded.
The country's counsel general Jeremy Miles said: "There's a lag between the point at which people are infected, the point at which people are admitted to hospital, and the point of the mortality we have seen."
But despite the worrying rise in deaths across the country, the stats suggest the number of new cases may now be slowing.
The UK recorded its biggest ever infection rise of 26,688 last Wednesday, October 21.
Today's toll is seven per cent lower – but still one of the highest tallies recorded since the outbreak took hold.
But officials have warned the death rate will continue to rise in the coming weeks – even if cases continue to drop.
Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director of Public Health England, today warned the rising death toll is likely to "continue for some time".
That's because infected patients may take weeks to fall severely ill – and cases have been rising in previous weeks.
Meanwhile, millions of Brits look set to miss out on a traditional family Christmas.
Some 30million people in England are currently under tier two and three restrictions, which ban people from different households mixing indoors.
And a top police chief has warned that cops could bust Christmas dinners if they believe families are breaking the rules.
But David Jamieson, the West Midlands police and crime commissioner, also warned many are reaching breaking point with Covid rules.
He said: "We're sitting on a time bomb here.
"We're getting very near the stage where you could see a considerable explosion of frustration and energy."
Government scientists warned there's little chance of a traditional Christmas with the family – and all of England will need to be under tier three by mid-December.
Regions around the UK look set to face tougher measures as cases surge. They include:
Stockton-on-Tees, with 444.4 cases per 100,000 people, and 877 new infections
Leeds 420.6 (3336)
Wakefield 430.4 (1499)
Middlesbrough 393.0 (554)
Bristol 340.8 (1579)
Charnwood 437.4 (813)
Calderdale 441.2 (933)
South Staffordshire 364.7 (410)
North East Derbyshire 350.9 (356)
North East Lincolnshire 349.7 (558)
Officials fear there'll be 500 deaths a day by the end of November. At the height of the pandemic in April, 1,000 people were losing their lives each day.
Official advisers made the predictions in the belief the second wave of the virus could be even deadlier than the first.
No10 believes the death toll this winter is going to be worse than that experienced by Britain in the spring.
And more areas look set to face tougher lockdown restrictions in the coming weeks.
Leeds and Bristol have so far managed to escape harsher measures – but that may not last long.
Stockton-on-Tees, with an infection rate of 444.4 per 100,000 people – up from 360 the week before – is at the top of the list of places at risk of tumbling into tier three.
Leeds has 420.6 cases per 100,000, while the infection rate in Bristol soared by roughly 50 per cent in the last week.
The entire county of Nottinghamshire will move into tier three just after midnight on Friday.
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