Another 156 people die with coronavirus as UK cases rise by 20,572

Another 156 people have died with coronavirus in the UK, making Sunday’s toll one of the lowest totals in day. 

According to the latest official statistics, which do tend to show a lag in the numbers reported at the weekend, cases also rose by 20,572. The figures from the last 24 hours bring the UK death toll since the pandemic began to 49,044 and the number of cases to 1,192,013. 

Death and case numbers have this week hit levels not seen since May, with the impact of draconian Covid-19 restrictions on all four nations not yet being seen. 

The rolling seven day average of UK deaths is increasing after Wednesday saw 492 deaths in the UK – the highest since May 19 – while Tuesday’s toll was 397 – the highest since May 27. 378 deaths were recorded on Thursday, with another 355 on Friday and 413 on Saturday. 

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In Northern Ireland on Sunday, there have been seven further deaths related to Covid-19 and an additional 420 cases recorded.

That brings the total number of deaths related to the disease to 781 and the total number of cases to 42,917.

But there are concerns about hospital space in Northern Ireland, with just 25 ICU beds available – which is an increase of three on the previous day.

Hospital bed occupancy is at 92%, with 226 beds currently available.

Scotland has recorded another 1,115 positive cases and three more deaths in the past 24 hours, the Scottish Government said.

That brings the death toll in the country to 3,036.

NHS England is yet to report its daily figures for deaths in hospitals.

Wales, where a nationwide ‘firebreak’ lockdown is set to end on Monday, has also not reported its official statistics today.

But on Saturday, Public Health Wales said there were a further 958 cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 59,237.

It also reported another 32 deaths, taking the total in Wales since the start of the pandemic to 2,014.

Meanwhile, an NHS hospital trust in Lincolnshire has declared a major incident as demand for oxygen soared among Covid-19 patients.

The Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has put out a call for help from additional nursing staff and will move a number of patients as it reconfigures some wards.

Elsewhere, the Queen wore a face mask in public for the first time on Remembrance Sunday. 

More to follow.

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