The UK’s coronavirus hospital death toll has increased by 40 – the lowest rise on a Tuesday during the lockdown.
England reported 36 fatalities, Wales had three and Scotland recorded one, taking the hospital total to 33,517. Northern Ireland hasn’t reported any new deaths since last Friday.
The latest increase of 40 is the lowest on a Tuesday since 16 deaths were announced on March 17, a week before the lockdown began.
The daily death tolls on recent Tuesdays were 43 on June 30, 56 on June 23, 93 on June 16, 145 on June 9 and 164 on June 2. The highest total on a Tuesday was 854 on April 7, when the UK was in the peak of its outbreak.
The UK Government’s official toll of 44,236 fatalities in all settings, including care homes, will be updated later.
However, Britain’s true total is more than 10,000 higher than the official count, with new figures showing 55,398 fatalities, including suspected cases, across all settings.
There is usually a spike in deaths on Tuesday due to a weekend lag in reporting fatalities. On Monday, 15 hospital deaths – all in England – were reported in the previous 24 hours, down from 19 on Sunday.
NHS England reported 36 new fatalities in its hospitals, taking its total to 28,940.
The latest victims were aged between 53 and 98. Two patients, aged 83 and 85, had no known underlying health conditions.
Every region in England recorded at least one new death, with the highest total in the North West (14) and the lowest in the South West (1).
The breakdown by region is as follows:
– North West: 14
– London: 6
– Midlands: 5
– North East and Yorkshire: 5
– South East: 3
– East: 2
– South West: 1
Public Health Wales said a further three people had died after testing positive for Covid-19, taking the total number of deaths to 1,534, while the total cases recorded in Wales increased by seven to 15,900.
A total of 2,489 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus, up by one from 2,488 on Monday, Nicola Sturgeon said.
Speaking during the Scottish Government’s daily coronavirus briefing, Ms Sturgeon said 18,302 people have tested positive for the virus in Scotland, up by two from 18,300 the previous day.
There are 699 people in hospital with confirmed or suspected Covid-19, an increase of 17 on Monday.
Of these patients, seven were in intensive care, a fall of one.
Ms Sturgeon said travel restrictions have been lifted in Dumfries and Galloway after an outbreak was brought under control.
Northern Ireland reported no new deaths for the fourth consecutive day. Its toll remains at 554.
New figures show the UK’s true coronavirus toll is now 55,398 based on death certificates mentioning Covid-19 and recent hospital deaths.
Here is how that total was calculated.
Figures published on Tuesday by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that 50,219 deaths involving Covid-19 had occurred in England and Wales up to June 26 (and had been registered by July 4).
Statistics published last week by the National Records for Scotland showed that 4,155 deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered in Scotland up to June 28, while 826 deaths had occurred in Northern Ireland up to June 26 (and had been registered up to July 1) according to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.
Together these figures mean that so far 55,200 deaths have been registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, including suspected cases.
A further 198 deaths have occurred in England, Wales and Northern Ireland since June 27, according to NHS England, Public Health Wales and the Northern Ireland Department of Health.
Added together with the number of registered deaths, this means the overall Covid-19 death toll for the UK remains a little above 55,000, at 55,398.
The ONS said coronavirus is likely to have brought forward some deaths of older and vulnerable people which could prompt a period of below-average fatalities.
Tuesday’s ONS figures show there were 8,979 deaths from all causes in England and Wales registered in the week ending June 26 – 314 deaths fewer than the five year average.
It is the second week in a row that weekly deaths have been below the average for this time of year.
Before these two weeks, the last time deaths were below average was before the lockdown in the week ending March 13.
The figures show that registered deaths involving coronavirus had dropped in all but one region in England and Wales in the week ending June 26.
In the North East there were two more deaths registered compared with the previous week.
All regions except the North West, East Midlands and North East saw overall registered deaths below that which would usually be expected for this time of year.
For the sixth week running, the number of deaths involving Covid-19 was highest in the North West.