The UK coronavirus hospital death toll rose by 167 today.
It is the largest increase on a Sunday since 77 deaths were announced on June 7th. Mirror online Reports
The deaths of 137 patients who tested positive for coronavirus were recorded by NHS England.
Wales reported 16 deaths, Scotland six and Northern Ireland eight.
The latest figures came after ministers announced that England’s second lockdown could extend beyond December 2nd.
Cabinet minister Michael Gove said the government would be forced to extend restrictions if the R rate had not been lowered enough by the current deadline target.
He said, “We have this four-week period to review progress, but of course we are always guided by the data.
“We hope that, based on our analysis, we can significantly reduce the reinfection rate.”
Friday’s update to the 7-day rolling new case rate of Covid-19 showed Birmingham had a rate of 276, up from 240 last week, with Walsall, Tamworth, North Warwickshire and areas of Staffordshire all being higher.
Data for the four days October 27-30 was excluded because it was incomplete and did not reflect the actual number of cases.
Walsall had a rate of 336 behind Cannock at 343.
Scotland confirmed that six other people had died after testing positive for coronavirus. It means that 2,849 people have now died from the disease.
Another 1,148 new cases of Covid-19 were also registered in Scotland, bringing the total number of infections there to 65,061.
Wales reported 16 new deaths, bringing the total death toll to 1,888.
Another 819 new coronavirus cases have also been recorded, meaning a total of 51,691 people have been infected with Covid-19 in Wales.
Northern Ireland today reported another eight coronavirus deaths, bringing the total to 716.
Another 256 deaths from the virus were reported from UK hospitals yesterday.
From Thursday. People are being told to stay at home while pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, gyms, and non-essential stores close.