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The UK's coronavirus death toll in hospitals has tragically doubled in just a week.
A total of 51 Brits have died from Covid-related causes in the past seven days, a steep jump from last week's tally of 23.
The hospital death toll figures for Saturday, October 3, showed most of the new deaths reported were in England's North East and North West.
All who died in England were aged between 40 and 80+.
Last night Newcastle city centre – one of the current hotspots for the killer virus – was pictured teeming with boozy revellers appearing to flout strict rules about household mixing and social distancing.
Latest Government figures show the coronavirus infection rate in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne has soared to 250.5 cases per 100,000, the highest rate in any local authority in the UK.
Nearby University of Northumbria reported 770 students had been confirmed as having the virus, but only 78 showed symptoms.
The figure is a steep leap compared to last Saturday's hospital death toll.
The figure is expected to rise later in the day, when more details on deaths across all settings, including in care homes and the wider community, are released.
Yesterday, the number of new coronavirus cases in the UK rose by 6,968.
Scotland reported 764 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, and Wales recorded 576.
However, there is hope that local lockdowns and tough restrictions on socialising and mixing with other households is keeping a second wave at bay.
Swab testing figures reveal a drop in new infections, after weeks of cases increasing.
The ONS Covid-19 Infection Survey has found an estimated 8,400 new cases each day, compared to 9,600 the previous week.
For six weeks, the ONS Covid-19 Infection Survey has studied almost 300,000 test swabs from randomly selected members of the public, whether they have symptoms or not.
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