The number of people who have died in the UK’s hospital with coronavirus has risen by 252 in the last 24 hours in the highest daily jump since May.
That includes 207 fatalities in England, along with seven new deaths in Wales, 25 in Scotland, and 13 in Northern Ireland.
A total 147 of the deaths are in the Midlands and the North of England, with 77 in the North West alone.
One person in England aged between 20-39 died with the virus, the latest official figures on Tuesday showed.
Today’s hospital toll us up 90 on last week, as 162 died with Covid-19 on October 20.
Another 1,207 tested positive for the virus in Wales, as its ‘fire breaker’ lockdown continues.
A further 1,327 tested positive in Scotland, and 722 in Northern Ireland.
England’s case numbers will be released later in the afternoon.
Earlier today new official figures showed the number of deaths with coronavirus mentioned have now reached levels last seen at the height of lockdown.
The number of coronavirus deaths in England and Wales jumped by 53% in just a week to reach the highest levels since June.
That’s despite stricter targeted lockdowns including the three tier system being brought in for England, and the ‘fire breaker’ lockdown in Wales.
Overall, more than 61,000 deaths involving Covid-19 have now occurred in the UK during the course of the pandemic, according to the new Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures.
Across the whole of the UK, 761 deaths where coronavirus was noted in the registration were recorded in the week ending October 16 alone.
That figure is 287 higher than the previous week – an uplift of just under 40%.
England’s North West remained the worst-hit region as it continued to lead the country’s death statistics, according to the ONS figures.
Fuller daily coronavirus figures showing the death toll across all settings will be released later today.