UK records another 367 coronavirus deaths in biggest daily rise since May

The UK has recorded another 367 coronavirus deaths and 22,885 new cases as the country continues to battle a second wave of infections.

New figures announced by the Government bring the total official death toll past 45,000 to 45,365.

It’s the highest daily rise in deaths since May 27, when 422 deaths were recorded.

There have now been 917,575 cases recorded in total since the start of the pandemic.

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Yesterday there were 20,890 positive rests and 102 deaths. Delays in reporting over the weekend can mean the figures are inflated on Tuesdays.

The official Government figures only count deaths that have occurred within 28 days of a positive test. 

Earlier, the Office for National Statistics released figures for all deaths where Covid-19 had been mentioned on the death certificate. 

This showed deaths have risen to their highest level in four months. 670 people died with the virus in the week ending October 16 – an increase of 232 compared to the week before. 

It is the highest number recorded since June 25 and the sixth week in a row that figures have risen.

The new figures mean overall deaths where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate have passed the 61,000 mark.

Meanwhile, Scotland has today recorded 25 deaths from coronavirus and 1,327 positive tests in the past 24 hours, while there have been a further 1,207 cases and seven deaths in Wales.

The number of people who have died in hospital with coronavirus has also recorded a big jump. 

Figures released by NHS England show 207 fatalities in England. 147 of the deaths were in the Midlands and the North of England, with 77 in the North West alone.

Meanwhile a study appeared to show immunity to the virus ‘may only last a few months’.

Recent research by Imperial College London measuring the prevalence of coronavirus antibodies in England showed immunity was ‘waning quite rapidly’, which could lead to an increased risk of reinfection.

Scientists said the results mean people may need to be given a vaccine twice yearly.

The Oxford vaccine candidate has recently been shown to have a ‘strong’ immune response in all adult patients.

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