Coronavirus deaths soar in hospitals as new strain races across UK

Another 383 people have died in hospitals in England after testing positive for Covid-19, including 77 in the Midlands. This comes from figures released by the NHS today.

The total number of confirmed hospital deaths in England is 51,051 as the new mutant strain of the virus is rapidly spreading across the UK.

The patients were between 27 and 100 years old. All but 11 of them (aged 36 to 95 years) had known underlying conditions.

Most of them died on or after December 29th. Their families have been informed.

The number of deaths of patients with Covid-19 by region is as follows:

  • East England – 74
  • London – 81
  • Midlands – 77
  • North East & Yorkshire – 46
  • Northwest – 16
  • Southeast – 66
  • Southwest – 23
  • TOTAL 383

There were another 2,764 cases of coronavirus in Wales, bringing the total confirmed cases to 151,300.

Public Health Wales reported another 70 deaths, bringing the number in Wales to 3,564 since the pandemic began.

There have been 2,137 new Covid-19 cases in Scotland in the past 24 hours.

However, that is less than the increase of 2,539 new cases confirmed on Friday.

No further deaths were recorded in Scotland on Saturday as registry offices are closed on public holidays.

As of December 31, 4,578 people who tested positive for Covid-19 had died in Scotland.

Despite mainland Scotland being subject to the highest restrictions – and warnings to stay home given the rising number of cases – police still had to grapple with Hogmanay revelers at landmarks like Edinburgh Castle.

The First Minister tweeted on Friday asking people to “take Covid seriously”.

She wrote: “Take Covid Seriously” – 3 words that just can’t be stressed enough. Please listen to this doctor. “

Northern Ireland has recorded an additional 3,576 coronavirus cases in the past 48 hours.

Another 26 people died with Covid-19, said the Ministry of Health.

Figures also show that 483 patients with Covid-19 are in hospital, 35 of them in intensive care units.

10,850 people tested positive for the virus in the last seven days, up from 4,281 in the last seven days.

The 7-day incidence rate in Northern Ireland is now 576.6 per 100,000. It has more than doubled in the past two weeks.

The latest figures also show that 99% of hospital beds are occupied and Northern Ireland has 30 empty hospital beds left.

Six of the hospitals in Northern Ireland are congested including Antrim, Causeway, Mater, the Royal Hospital, South West Acute Hospital and Ulster Hospital.

The UK’s death toll of 479 today is the largest Saturday increase since May 2nd when 469 people died. the mirror reported.

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