74-year-old Yorkshire ripper Peter Sutcliffe tests positive for Covid in prison

Yorkshire ripper Peter Sutcliffe (pictured) has been rushed to North Durham University Hospital after a suspected heart attack

Yorkshire ripper Peter Sutcliffe tested positive for coronavirus after leaving hospital where he had spent five nights with "heart problems".

The 74-year-old, who murdered at least 13 women in the 1970s and 1980s, returned to HMP Frankland, Co Durham, on Tuesday after being hospitalized.

However, prison doctors yesterday diagnosed Sutcliffe with the fatal illness and he was placed in isolation for surveillance.

The killer, who is serving a life sentence for his heinous crimes, is currently stable.

According to a source speaking to the Sun, “He has been showing symptoms since Thursday.

& # 39; The results were quickly turned around because there was a risk that he would spread them.

& # 39; The concern for him is that he is ticking so many of the coronavirus hazard categories.

“He's already sick, he's overweight and he's old. If things go downhill for him, it could be very, very serious. & # 39;

Sutcliffe is known to be scared of the potential risks of coronavirus and thought he had the disease when he was rushed to the hospital last week.

The killer first alerted guards at HMP Frankland, County Durham, of his chest pain on Wednesday.

He was reportedly taken to the prison's hospital wing and then taken to North Durham University Hospital.

He has previously complained about health issues such as shortness of breath, claiming he suffered from long-term coronavirus symptoms. "Difficulty breathing, barely sleeping," he said last week.

"I hope I can breathe and get some sleep if I pound the sack tonight, or I'll have to call in sick tomorrow." The mass murderer, who is allegedly afraid of Covid-19, turned away visitors during the pandemic.

In recent years, he has suffered from angina, diabetes and near blindness after being attacked by a fellow inmate.

He said, "My eyesight is getting worse – I run into people. I've been completely blind in one eye for 20 years and the other is deteriorating at a pretty old rate.

74-year-old Sutcliffe, who is serving his life for his horrific crimes, has suffered from angina, diabetes and near-blindness in recent years following an attack by a fellow inmate

74-year-old Sutcliffe, who lives for his horrific crimes, has suffered from angina, diabetes and near-blindness in recent years following an attack by a fellow inmate

The Justice Department said they would not comment on individual prisoners. Sutcliffe, who also tried to murder seven other women, was jailed in 1981 for a rampage between 1975 and 1980.

He previously spoke of his anger over being handcuffed while visiting the hospital.

"It's absolutely stupid," he said.

“Where should I go in a hospital gown? And how could I get out of the hospital? It was like a labyrinth, a huge place. There is no way I would try.

"I have no intention of making a runner … just these stupid Category A rules they have."

Three years after his incarceration, Sutcliffe was transferred to Broadmoor Hospital after being diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.

He was transferred to HMP Frankland in 2016 after psychiatrists said he was stable enough to go to prison.

The official number of daily cases in the UK is falling AGAIN with 23,287 new infections – a 5% decrease from last week – as health chiefs confirm 355 more deaths

The UK today confirmed 23,287 more positive coronavirus tests and 355 deaths, as around 13,000 people are currently hospitalized with the disease.

The number of new Covid-19 cases is down five percent from the 24,405 reported by health officials last Friday and lower than the 24,141 diagnosed yesterday.

Deaths are the lowest since Monday, but are up 29.6 percent since last Friday when the number was 274. It can take several weeks for patients to become seriously ill, which means there is a delay between increases in cases and deaths.

Health ministry data confirmed that 12,999 people were hospitalized with Covid-19 on Wednesday, the latest data, with 1,525 new admissions on Monday.

England launched its second lockdown yesterday amid concerns about the rapid spread of the virus in September and October. This leads to rising hospital admissions in the north of England and fears that the NHS could be overwhelmed again.

However, the move has proven controversial as streams of data from various sources – some official and some not – seem to show that the local lockdown policy worked.

The National Statistics Office today recorded the first drop in its estimated daily new infections in England in five weeks, forecasting 45,700 people a day last week with the virus, up from 51,900 the week before.

A weekly report from Public Health England showed that infection rates declined in more than half of local authorities during the half-year, and experts say there is evidence that the three-tier system is working and the second wave may have peaked already .

The surge in cases today is due to a series of data points marking a turning point in the UK outbreak.

England's second lockdown began yesterday, but estimates of infections across the country suggest the outbreak was already under control and fewer people are developing the disease than in previous weeks.

Promising numbers released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which is running a massive government surveillance program that randomly swabs tens of thousands of people to track the size of the outbreak, suggest that England was last week caught 45,700 people every day Covid-19.

The number was down 12 percent in one week from 51,900 the previous week and for the period ended October 31 – the same day Boris Johnson announced the country was slipping into another economically crippling lockdown.

The ONS estimates are based on tests performed over a two week period and then compared to those performed over a further month earlier.

For this reason, positive test rates are still described as increasing, as the last two week period increased compared to the previous two weeks, although there was a decrease in the last seven days.

"The infection rate has increased in recent weeks, but the rate of increase is less high compared to the previous weeks," said today's report.

It added, “Positivity rates have increased in all age groups, except for older teenagers and young adults, where rates are now apparently flattening out. However, the highest rates are still in this group.

The rate is falling in five out of seven regions of England

SAGE's official estimate of the coronavirus reproduction rate was released today and has declined in five of England's seven regions.

The UK and England aggregate rates were flat at 1.1-1.3, after falling from 1.2-1.4 two weeks ago.

This week rates fell in the east of England, the Midlands, the North East, the North West and the South West, while rates in London and the South East remained unchanged. They were not resurrected in any part of the country.

The highest rates are 1.2-1.4 in the southwest and southeast, while the lowest in the northwest are 1.0-1.1.

SAGE said: & # 39; SAGE is confident that the epidemic in England has continued to worsen in recent weeks.

“Although there are signs that the rate of growth is slowing in some parts of the country, disease levels in these areas are very high and significant health care demand and mortality will persist until R is lowered to 1 and remains well below for a longer period. & # 39;



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1.1 – 1.2 (down)

1.0 -1.1 (down)

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1.2 – 1.4 (down)

R rate last week

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& # 39; In the past two weeks there has been an increase in positivity rates in all regions except one (the North East) in England. The highest rates of Covid-19 infection remain in the Northwest, Yorkshire and The Humber.

& # 39; For the last week (October 25-31, 2020) there were an estimated 8.38 new Covid-19 infections per 10,000 people per day in the community population in England, which equates to approximately 45,700 new cases per day. The incidence seems to have stabilized at around 50,000 new infections per day. & # 39;

The numbers are based on 209,554 tests taken in the last 14 days, of which 2,173 were positive. The positive came from 1,900 people in 1,494 homes.

Experts said today the ONS 'numbers, believed to be the most accurate in estimating the true size of the UK outbreak, are "welcome" and promising.

Professor James Naismith, who heads the Rosalind Franklin Scientific Institute at Oxford University, said: & # 39; Today's release of ONS data for the week of October 31st brings welcome news.

& # 39; Although the virus is still growing, it seems to have stabilized … The important thing is that these data provide a picture that is consistent with the data (Covid Symptom Study) that the virus is more likely than spreading at an increasing rate. This is proof that the social restrictions before the lockdown had a real impact. & # 39;

He said that when this was the height of the second wave, he would not expect deaths to rise above 1,000 a day "for an extended period", but rather that it was "very likely" to be above 500 a day would for a while.

Professor Naismith added, "Should next week's data show a similar stabilization or reduction, we can be sure that the second wave has stabilized for now."

Scientists warned that while the infection numbers seemed to be going in the right direction, one week of data was not enough to be sure of a trend. And the number of cases is still very high and will put pressure on hospitals.

Dr. Paul Hunter of the University of East Anglia added, “Whether this turns out to be a temporary decline or a longer-term trend, possibly due to the introduction of the three tier system, is too early to say.

"Nonetheless, these observations are very welcome and hopefully after the current lockdown ends we will continue to see a sustained decline later this year and through 2021."

In other data suggesting the England outbreak was slowing even before the lockdown began, MailOnline's analysis of Public Health England (PHE) statistics found that more than half of local authorities scattered across England were seeing their decline in late October Recorded infection rates.

And rates fell even in areas that didn't have level 2 or 3 bans, suggesting that national rules like the 10 p.m. curfew and the six rule helped.

Other scientists behind a symptom tracking app strongly believe that the country's second wave has already peaked and is over. Even SAGE – the number 10 advisory body that led ministers to take tougher action based on "imprecise" models – admitted today that there are signs in "some parts" of England that outbreaks are slowing.

The group of top scientists announced that the UK R-rate stayed between 1.1 and 1.3 for the second straight week. It has fallen in five out of seven regions of England, including the Northwest, Northeast and the Midlands, where 10 million people have already lived under the toughest Tier 3 curbs.

Given the growing demand on Number 10 to reassess whether it is really necessary for the entire nation to be affected by the strictest rules since spring, the prime minister's spokesman said: "The embargo is four weeks until December 2nd . As we said earlier, the trend in hospital admissions is increasing. & # 39;

It can take several weeks for coronavirus patients to become seriously ill, which means admissions and deaths continue to rise as cases are still high. But eminent doctors and scientists argue that the wards are no busier than usual for this time of year and that there is still enough space across the country to treat the infected.

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