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UK coronavirus cases rise by 812 but daily average shrinks for fourth day in a row as 16 more deaths recorded

THE number of coronavirus infections in the UK rose by 812 today as the rolling seven day average for cases fell for the fourth day in a row.

Department of Health figures show 1,043 Brits are testing positive for Covid-19 on average each day — down from a six-week high of 1,097 on August 15.  

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Today's additional cases mean at least 321,098 people have now caught the bug in Britain.

Yesterday, the seven day rolling average stood at 1,071, while the day before that, it was 1,079.

Meanwhile, another 16 deaths from the bug were confirmed today, bringing the UK's official coronavirus death toll to 41,397.

The latest tally refers to all fatalities in patients who died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 – after a government shake up changed the way data is recorded.

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In England, a further 15 deaths were confirmed overnight, meaning 29,480 patients have now died from coronavirus in English hospitals.

Patients were aged between 56 and 93 and all had underlying health conditions.

No new deaths were recorded in Wales or Northern Ireland, leaving the respective tallies there at 1,589 and 559.

One more fatality was reported in Scotland – although the deaths is said to have occurred back in April.

It means 2,492 have now died from coronavirus in Scotland.

It comes as the number of coronavirus deaths in England and Wales drops to its lowest level since lockdown began, figures released this week by the Office for National Statistics show.

Of all the deaths registered in the week up to August 7, 152 mentioned “novel coronavirus (COVID-19)” on their death certificate.

This is the lowest number of deaths involving Covid-19 in the last 20 weeks and a 21.2% decrease compared with the previous week.

The data also showed that almost seven times as many people are now dying of influenza or pneumonia than Covid-19.

In the eight weeks up to August 7, the latest date for which figures are available, 3,144 people died of coronavirus – but 7,639 died of flu or pneumonia.

Eight weeks ago, a total of 1,002 died of influenza up to June 19 – compared with 783 Covid-19 deaths.

The gap has widened each week since and the latest figures show flu killed 1,013 people in the week up to August 7 – almost seven times as many as the 152 who lost their lives to coronavirus.

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