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Britain announces more deaths from Covid-19 for Wednesday


Another 52 coronavirus deaths were announced in the UK this afternoon, including 43 in England, seven in Scotland, one in Wales and one in Northern Ireland.

The figures show that the number of deaths continues to rise as the number of cases rises, but the daily average is 95 percent below the high.

The seven deaths in Scotland are the highest one-day increase in more than three months since nine were announced on June 17.

A full summary of deaths and new cases across the UK is expected by the Department of Health later that afternoon.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is slated to hold a televised briefing at 5 p.m. today to convince the nation of the importance of following the rules of social distancing.

Mr Johnson is facing a backlash against the use of his key medical advisors, Professors Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance, who are also alleged to appear in the meeting as "scientific propaganda" to warrant strict rules on social distancing.

Cases averaged 6,087 per day this week, with 7,143 confirmed yesterday.

Positive tests are higher now than they were at the height of the crisis, but this is because there are ten times as many tests being done, not because the outbreak is bigger.

Tensions are high in Westminster as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise, but ministers disagree on what to do.

The Prime Minister has been asked to exclude scientists Sir Patrick and Professor Whitty from the televised briefings, with complaints that they are being used as "propaganda" to support increasingly draconian restrictions.

MailOnline believes that some cabinet ministers are becoming increasingly frustrated by the dire warnings from medical and science chiefs of a second wave.

Former Downing Street aides urged the government to put the experts out of the spotlight, warning they weren't great communicators.

Senior Conservative Sir Bernard Jenkin upped the ante today by saying the government is "using science as propaganda".

"We saw during the Iraq war that intelligence agencies were used as propaganda," he told Times Radio.

"The scientists are not there to explain what the government has deemed necessary."

However, as concerns grow over cases, hospitalizations and deaths, all rising from near zero levels seen in the summer, data shows that the UK outbreak is nowhere near as bad as it was in the spring.

Covid-19 patients currently occupy less than two percent of all hospital beds in England. The latest NHS snapshot, released three weeks ago, showed that as of September 3, only 478 out of 110,000 beds were used by Covid-19 patients.

This has since risen to 1,883, according to the Ministry of Health. Health chiefs haven't updated the total number of occupied beds since, but it hasn't changed much over the summer.

Even at the height of the crisis in Great Britain, only a quarter of all beds were occupied by virus patients. As of April 7, 26.5 percent of the 67,206 people in England's hospitals were treated for coronavirus – the highest proportion ever recorded.

NHS England officials have not publicly disclosed the total number of beds they have available, but they are believed to be around 110,000.

Capacity has been bolstered with standby beds provided through a contract with private facilities as well as additional space in seven Nightingale hospitals that were built purposely to keep the NHS from becoming overwhelmed.

Data shows that 491 Covid-19 hospitals were admitted in the North East last month, compared to 361 in the Midlands, 264 in London, 109 in the South East, 72 in the East and 52 in the South West. Only the north-west of England with 552 admissions had more than the north-east during this time. Graphs show how the number of hospital patients with Covid-19 has changed in different regions of England since the pandemic began

Data shows that 491 Covid-19 hospitals were admitted in the North East last month, compared to 361 in the Midlands, 264 in London, 109 in the South East, 72 in the East and 52 in the South West. Only the north-west of England with 552 admissions had more than the north-east during this time. Graphs show how the number of hospital patients with Covid-19 has changed in different regions of England since the pandemic began

Separate data also shows that NHS hospitals across England and Wales are still seeing hundreds of fewer deaths than expected since the outbreak subsided in May. However, the number of patients dying from the coronavirus rose slightly in the week leading up to September 20, representing a national increase in some cases from 64 to 98.

Home deaths from causes other than the virus remained well above average.

There were 2,962 such deaths during the week, 711 more than the average for the season, and doctors found Covid-19 symptoms in just eight cases.

NHS England said today the service is still encouraging people to visit the hospital for any medical needs if and when they have to, for fear that the British will still be too anxious to visit if they deal with the Infect virus. Boris Johnson had to urge the public this summer to seek treatment if needed and insist that the service was safe from Covid-19.