UK coronavirus hospital deaths up by 370 in biggest Saturday jump of second wave

The number of coronavirus deaths in the UK’s hospitals has climbed again today (Image: Getty Images)

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The number of new coronavirus deaths in the UK's hospitals has climbed by 370 today.

NHS England said there were 306 further deaths in its hospitals. Scotland recorded 36 fatalities, while Wales and Northern Ireland registered 20 and 10 respectively.

The number of new infections in England will be announced by health authorities later today.

Yesterday it was announced that the death toll in all settings has risen by 376 – with a further 27,301 people testing positive for the virus in 24 hours.

The heartbreaking figure was released after the number of lives lost to the virus passed 50,000 this week, making the UK the fifth country to pass the grim milestone.

The UK is entering the second week of lockdown
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In Scotland, the total confirmed as positive has risen by 1,118 to 80,135. The death toll there now stands at 3,280.

Northern Ireland's death toll now stands at 846. There were also another 511 confirmed cases of the virus recorded in the last 24-hour reporting period.

A total of 46,359 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Northern Ireland since the pandemic began.

The next two weeks will be "absolutely crucial" in ensuring that England's coronavirus lockdown ends as planned on December 2, a Government scientific adviser has warned.

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Professor Susan Michie, a member of the Government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), urged the public to resist breaking current rules, to "be in a position" to spend the festive period with loved ones.

She also suggested that the announcement of a potential Covid-19 vaccine could lead to complacency with the measures, adding that the jab will make "no difference" to the current wave.

It comes after documents released by Sage on Friday warned that a return to the tiered system of coronavirus restrictions will see infections rise again.

When asked what should replace current restrictions when lockdown ends, Prof Michie told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "It's too early to know. I think the next two weeks is going to be absolutely crucial.

"They're going to be a very challenging two weeks, partly because of the weather, partly because, I think, the promise of a vaccine may be making people feel complacent.

"But the vaccine is very unlikely to come in until the end of the year or beginning of next year and that's going to make no difference to the current second wave.

"So I think for the next two weeks, everybody has to really get all their resolve together."