/Child, 12, dies from coronavirus as UK hospital death toll hits two week high

Child, 12, dies from coronavirus as UK hospital death toll hits two week high

A 12-year-old child is among the latest coronavirus victims in England as the UK’s hospital death toll hit a two week high

NHS England announced the heartbreaking news as it confirmed 179 new hospital deaths on Wednesday amid fresh fears of a devastating second wave of cases as the lockdown is eased.

The child had an undisclosed underlying health condition.

The UK’s Covid-19 hospital death toll has increased to 31,336 after 215 more fatalities were reported in 24 hours – the biggest increase since May 21, when the four UK nations reported 240 victims.

England reported 179 new deaths on Wednesday, Wales had 17, Scotland recorded 11 and Northern Ireland had eight.

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The daily total on recent Wednesdays were 209 on May 27, 235 on May 20, 329 on May 13, 449 on May 6 and 610 on April 29.

Wednesday’s figures were announced after the number of deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK passed 50,000 in all settings, including care homes, according to the latest available data.

It is far higher than the Government’s official toll of 39,369, which will be updated later on Wednesday.

The UK has the highest death toll in Europe and the second-highest total in the world, behind only the US, which had 108,083 deaths as of Wednesday afternoon.

NHS England reported 179 new deaths from Covid-19, taking the country’s total to 27,045.

The latest victims were aged between 12 and 97.

Of those, four patients (aged between 78 and 93) had no underlying health conditions, said NHS England.

The number of deaths by region are as follows:

– Midlands: 39

– North West: 36

– South East: 31

– London: 30

– North East and Yorkshire : 18

– East: 17

– South West: 8

Of the 179 new deaths announced on Wednesday:

– 20 occurred on June 2

– 47 occurred on June 1

– 18 occurred on May 31 

The figures also show 66 of the new deaths took place between May 2 and May 30, 24 occurred in April, and the remaining four deaths took place in March, with the earliest on March 24.

NHS England releases updated figures each day showing the dates of every coronavirus-related death in hospitals in England, often including previously uncounted deaths that took place several days or even weeks ago.

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Deaths in UK hospitals so far: 31,336

Deaths across all settings: 39,369

(The two figures above count all people who have had a positive test result confirmed by a Public Health or NHS lab in the UK)

Total deaths registered so far: 43,837

(This is the number of registered deaths in England and Wales where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate)

Excess deaths so far in 2020: 56,308

(The number of deaths in England and Wales above the average amount, but not necessarily caused by Covid-19)

Sources: coronavirus.data.gov.uk and ONS

This is because of the time it takes for deaths to be confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19, for post-mortem examinations to be processed and for data from the tests to be validated.

The figures published on Wednesday by NHS England show April 8 continues to have the highest number of hospital deaths on a single day, with a current total of 897.

A total of 2,386 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus, up by 11 from 2,375 on Tuesday, Nicola Sturgeon said.

The figures are lower than the 3,911 deaths given earlier by the National Records of Scotland as they do not include suspected and probable coronavirus infections.

Speaking during First Minister’s Questions in the Scottish Parliament, Ms Sturgeon said 15,504 people have tested positive for the virus in Scotland, up by 33 from 15,471 previous day.

There are 1,117 people in hospital with confirmed or suspected Covid-19, a decrease of 51.

Of these patients, 34 were in intensive care, no change on Tuesday.

Public Health Wales said a further 17 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of deaths in Wales to 1,371.

Another 82 people have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 14,203.

Eight new deaths were reported in Northern Ireland, taking its toll to 534.

A further eight positive tests have brought the total diagnosed, largely in hospitals, to 4,740.

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