UK coronavirus deaths rise by 6 to 41,403 in lowest Thursday toll since lockdown with 1,182 cases

THE UK has seen the lowest Thursday coronavirus death toll since lockdown as six more people die – bringing the total to 41,403

In the last 24 hours a total of 1,182 new cases have been reported, which is a slight rise.

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Separate figures published by the UK's statistics agencies show there have now been 57,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

More hotspots are at risk of being put into lockdown after Covid cases soared, with Birmingham near the top while Northampton and Manchester have also had a sharp increase.

Birmingham is sixth on the list after seeing an increase in case rate from 22.4 to 30.0 – with 321 new cases in the last seven days.

It's more than double figures from a fortnight ago when 11 cases per 100,000 were recorded in the city.

It comes as:

  • Students got their GCSEs today – with a quarter getting top grades
  • Spain, France and Germany all see U-shaped data graphs post lockdown
  • A UK school plans to be the first in the country to have kids wear masks
  • Croatia expected to be added to quarantine list as cases rise

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is said to have chaired a "gold command meeting" today to discuss the possibility of a local lockdown in Birmingham.

Five more people who tested positive for coronavirus died in hospital in England in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals to 29,485, NHS England said today.

The patients were aged between 33 and 86, and all had known underlying health conditions except the 33-year-old.

Scotland has recorded the highest number of daily coronavirus cases in almost three months today, Nicola Sturgeon said.

Speaking during the Scottish Government's daily briefing, the First Minister said 19,534 people have tested positive for the virus in Scotland, up by 77 from 19,457 the day before.

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No new coronavirus deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, she said.

Another 51 people in Northern Ireland have tested positive for coronavirus, according to the Department of Health.

Some 298 people have tested positive for the virus in the last seven days, bringing the total in the region to 6,556.

No further deaths with Covid-19 have been reported leaving the tally in the region, according to the department, at 559.

Yesterday infections in the UK rose by 812 as the rolling seven day average for cases fell for the fourth day in a row.

Department of Health figures show an average of 1,043 Brits have tested positive for Covid-19 each day in the last seven days — down from a six-week high of 1,097 on August 15.  

A total of 57,457 people who tested positive for Covid-19 in England have had their cases transferred to the NHS Test and Trace contact tracing system since its launch, according to figures from the Department of Health and Social Care.

Of this total, 45,037 were reached and asked to provide details of recent contacts, while 10,827 were not reached.

A further 1,593 could not be reached because their communication details had not been provided. The figures cover the period May 28 to August 12.

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