The UK’s total coronavirus death toll has hit 43,579 after the Government introduced the three-tier lockdown system in a bid to tackle the second wave
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A further 150 people have died from coronavirus over the past day in the UK.
The jump in deaths is the biggest single-day increase since June 10 and far higher than last Saturday, when 81 were recorded.
Some 128 fatalities took place in England, with 15 in Scotland, five in Wales and two in Northern Ireland, bringing the UK’s total death toll to 43,579.
A further 16,171 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, meaning the total number of diagnosed cases is now over 700,000.
Around half of England’s population are currently under new restrictions as part of the Government’s three-tier lockdown system.
More than 28 million people are living under Tier 2 and Tier 3 lockdowns after measures were tightened in places such as Lancashire, London, most of Essex and York.
Lancashire entered a Tier 3 lockdown, which carries the toughest restrictions on socialising, at 12.01am on Saturday.
It joined Liverpool as the only regions at that level, but Greater Manchester could join them next week.
Under the most severe controls, pubs and bars closed unless they can serve meals and indoor mixing banned.
It comes as the UK hospital death count increased by 108 over the last 24 hours – five times higher than a month ago.
The jump is the highest daily total since early June and five times higher than a month ago.
England reported 86 new deaths, Scotland had 15, Wales recorded five and Northern Ireland had two to bring the total hospital count to 35,838.
Along with Thursday’s total of 108, it is the most hospital deaths announced in a single day since 109 on June 10, and it is more than five times the total on September 19 (21 deaths).
On recent Saturdays, 87 fatalities were confirmed on October 10, 51 on October 3, and 23 on September 26.
The lowest total on a Saturday was five on August 15, while the highest was 917 on April 11, when the UK was in the initial peak of its outbreak.
NHS England announced 86 deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities in hospitals in England to 30,911.
The latest victims were aged between 44 and 99, and all but two patients, aged 62 and 79, had known underlying health conditions.
The deaths were between September 16 and October 16. Three other deaths were reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.
The North West had the highest number of deaths (33), followed by the Midlands (17), North East & Yorkshire (15), London (11), the South East and South West (4 each), and the East (2).
Scotland has recorded 15 deaths of coronavirus patients in the past 24 hours, the latest Scottish Government figures show.
This takes the death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – to 2,609.
A total of 1,167 people have tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 46,399.
There are 675 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus as of yesterday, up by 46 in 24 hours.
Two further deaths were announced in Northern Ireland, where the toll now stands at 610, and the number of new cases climbed to 26,208 with 1,031 additional positive tests.
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