Covid-19 death toll to continue rising ‘for some time’, experts warn

By Luke Powell, PA
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The rising death toll from Covid-19 is likely to continue “for some time”, experts have warned, as the UK reported its highest daily figure since late May.

A further 367 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus as of Tuesday, bringing the UK total to 45,365, the Government said.

This is the highest daily total since 422 deaths were reported on May 27 – but there is often a delay in the reporting of deaths over the weekend.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies for deaths where Covid-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate, together with additional data on deaths that have occurred in recent days, show there have been 61,000 deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK.

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The Government said that, as of 9am on Tuesday, there had been a further 22,885 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, bringing the total to 917,575.

Dr Yvonne Doyle, medical director of Public Health England, said in a statement: “We continue to see the trend in deaths rising and it is likely this will continue for some time.

“Each day we see more people testing positive and hospital admissions increasing.

“Being seriously ill enough from the infection to need hospital admission can sadly lead to more Covid-related deaths.

“We can help to control this virus. We know that by washing our hands regularly, wearing a face covering and socially distancing we can save lives by slowing the spread of the virus.”