UK coronavirus hospital deaths up 11 in one of lowest daily jumps

A further 11 people have died with coronavirus in hospitals, bringing the UK hospital death toll to 33,809.

Ten of these patients passed away in England, while one person died with the virus in Wales.

Scotland reported no deaths linked to Covid-19 today, while Northern Ireland is yet to release figures.

The rise is the lowest seen on a Wednesday since lockdown began in March and one of the lowest daily jumps overall.

A number for deaths in care homes and the wider community will not be reported for now after concerns were raised about Public Health England ‘exaggerating’ numbers.

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It comes as the government announces family and friends are to be able to visit some care homes again, after previously being barred to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

They will be allowed to once local directors of public health and local authorities decide it is safe to do so, the Department of Health and Social Care said on Wednesday.

Nearly three times as many people are now dying of flu and pneumonia than with coronavirus in England and Wales, new figures revealed this week.

Numbers published by the Office For National Statistics show 917 flu and pneumonia deaths were registered for the week ending on July 10.

In comparison, 366 people died that week after testing positive for Covid-19 – the lowest number of deaths involving the virus in the last 16 weeks and a 31.2% decrease compared with the previous week, which saw 532 deaths.

While the pandemic may appear to be more under control in the UK, a leading scientist recently warned the virus will ‘not go away’ for ‘many, many years to come’.

Professor Sir Jeremy Farrar, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) and director of the Wellcome Trust, told the Commons Health and Social Care Select Committee: ‘Things will not be done by Christmas. This infection is not going away, it’s now a human endemic infection.

‘Even, actually, if we have a vaccine or very good treatments, humanity will still be living with this virus for very many, many years to come.’

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