Another 44 people have died of coronavirus in British hospitals – half of the 84 deaths that were announced last week at this time, health officials have announced.
The total number of people who die after a positive COVID-19 test in the UK is now 44,175. However, that number is expected to increase if the final numbers are split later today.
Around 39 patients who died in England were between 45 and 99 years old and all had known health problems. There were five deaths in Wales and none in Scotland.
More community deaths are expected to be released in the next few hours.
It's the same day that thousands of pubs and restaurants across the country opened their doors to customers for the first time since the blockade began on March 23.
Yesterday, number 10's scientific advisers announced that the R rate – the average number of people infected by each Covid-19 patient – is still between 0.7 and 0.9 for the UK as a whole.
It's the same day that thousands of pubs and restaurants across the country opened their doors to customers for the first time since the blockade began on March 23. Pictured is a crowd in front of the Market Porter Pub in Borough Market, London
The newly married Mr and Mrs Bone, Lucy and James, after their wedding in the St. Michael and All Angels Church in Ingram, Northumberland, are again allowed to hold weddings in England with a maximum of 30 guests
But SAGE admitted it could be as high as 1.1 in London and as high as 1 in the Midlands, Northeast and Yorkshire, Southeast and Southwest.
Separate data released by the governing body also said that Britain's current growth rate – as the number of new cases changes day by day – could be 0 percent, meaning it has stagnated.
Coronavirus outbreaks could increase by as much as two percent daily in London and the South West.
Britain recorded 137 more Covid 19 deaths yesterday. Official data also show that the daily number of deaths in the UK in July did not drop as quickly as last month.
The analysis shows that the moving average of daily deaths is now 103 – the lowest since late March when the UK crisis got out of control.
Customers are seen at the Holland Tringham Wetherspoons pub in London after it reopened after the coronavirus outbreak
People enjoy Super Saturday at Market Porter in Borough Market, central London, after it reopened with the blockage eased
The scientific advisors at number 10 today found that the R rate – the average number of people infected by each Covid-19 patient – is still between 0.7 and 0.9 for the UK as a whole
However, since last Friday, when 186 new deaths were recorded, it has only decreased by 15 percent. The mortality rate dropped by up to 30 percent from week to week until mid-June.
The Department of Health's figures released yesterday also show that only 544 new cases were diagnosed, the smallest 24-hour jump since March 17 – a week before ministers imposed the ban for the first time.
However, other estimates assume that the number of actual cases has increased to around 3,500 per day for three weeks.
In the meantime, 25-year-old bride Lucy Johnston and her 28-year-old groom James Bone married in front of 27 guests at St. Michael and All Angels Church in the hamlet of Ingram in Northumberland National Park.
A group of friends toast with their pints at Shakespeare & # 39; s Head Pub in Holborn, central London, which reopened today
Customers line up in front of the Fat Cat Brewery Tap Pub in Norwich on Saturday afternoon
At yesterday's Downing Street press conference, the Prime Minister claimed that Britain had continued to make "national progress against the virus" but warned that the "malignant" disease was still out there.
Screens were set up in the Atlas Bar and Manchester Café when the new era began to connect with others today
The retired pastor Rev. Marion Penfold was given permission to marry the couple who live in Fawdon in the next valley.
Weddings could be held with up to 30 guests in accordance with the current blocking rules.
The outbreak of the corona virus hits the Royal Mail Delivery Office in Chester
The Chester Delivery Office in Cheshire was on the brink of an outbreak
Seven employees were infected with coronavirus in a Royal Mail sorting office.
The Chester, Cheshire office has been thoroughly cleaned three times since staff tried to clear the building of all traces of the disease.
A spokesman for Royal Mail told Sun Online: “Last week, seven colleagues in our Chester Delivery Office tested positive for coronavirus.
"You are now recovering at home and we wish you a speedy recovery.
"During this time, we carried out three complete, improved cleaning of the building as a precaution."
The office is still open and employees who tested negative for the disease continue to work normally, following government instructions.
That morning, the pubs in England were allowed to open from 6 a.m. and the police and the NHS were preparing for outages while people drink late into the night to shake off in prison for nearly four months.
According to experts, bar visitors will sink an incredible 15 million pints in 23,000 establishments across the country.
You will be affected by higher prices for beer, wine, cider and spirits as pubs like Wetherspoons desperately try to make up for lost business.
Since the new corona virus rules were not released until Friday afternoon, some landlords had planned to open them as soon as the clock ticked past midnight. But Downing Street blocked the quick openings by ensuring that the ban stayed in effect until after sunrise.
Up to half of the pubs were unable to open due to insufficient government announcement, said the national chairman of the Read Ale (Camra) campaign.
After half a liter of Marston's family tree marking the end of the 105-day pub closure in England, Nik Antona of Camra said that many licensees did a fantastic job of reopening it so quickly.
After meeting Steve and Katy Boulter, who operate the Royal Oak at Barton-under-Needwood in Staffordshire, Antona said disposable systems, guards and other measures have increased the safety of pubs.
But he added: "I think it will be difficult for pubs. They open under unsafe circumstances. They don't know if they will get their customers back. & # 39;
Mr. Antona was sitting near a plexiglass screen on which a large table had been laid out next to the main bar area of the Royal Oak, and said that the pubs had not given the date on which they were allowed to open again.
"These pubs had to bend back to get things done in time," he said. “That's why some pubs didn't open – because they just didn't have the opportunity to do everything they had to do in time.
"I think the government could have done better – it could have given more information. They left it to the last minute to help these pubs, and those that opened today did a fantastic job of getting there. & # 39;
Ministry of Health numbers released on Thursday showed that 205,673 tests had been performed or published the day before. The number includes front-line antibody testing for NHS and caregivers.
A customer disinfects his hands in The Mossy Well, a JD Wetherspoon pub that is reopening today in Muswell Hill, London
In Bournemouth, the local O & # 39; Neill & # 39; s was popular with drinkers queuing up to have their first drink
An early punter enters The Hope & Champion in Beaconsfield, Bucks, and uses a hand sanitizer on the door to stop the corona virus from spreading
The doors of the Buck Inn in Sadberge, Teesside, opened to customers who wanted a beer for breakfast. This man was served by a masked bartender
However, the bosses again refused to say how many people were tested, which means that the exact number of Britons dabbed because of the SARS CoV-2 virus has been a mystery for a month – since May 22 .
Health chiefs also reported 544 other cases of Covid-19, the smallest daily increase in new infections since a week before the ban was imposed. Only 407 cases were confirmed on March 17th.
Government statistics show that the official size of the UK outbreak is now 284,276 cases. However, the actual size of the outbreak is estimated to be millions based on antibody test data.
Officials revised the actual number of confirmed cases on Thursday to receive 30,000 duplicates that they encountered through "methodological improvements and a revision of historical data".
However, the actual number of confirmed coronavirus cases is much lower than the estimated daily infections from the ONS, mainly because not everyone who is infected with the virus shows symptoms and chooses to test.
England is ready for "Pub-Ageddon" as bars and restaurants reopen on Super Saturday, but fears of chaos at 6 a.m. have calmed down, and most have started serving after 8 a.m. Pictured: A wetherspoon this morning in Beaconsfield
Builders queuing up to get into the Briar Rose on Bennetts Hill in Birmingham early Saturday morning to get their first beer
Separate data released by the governing body also said that Britain's current growth rate – as the number of new cases changes day by day – could be between 0 percent, meaning it has stagnated, or minus 6 percent
PSA bar staff are giving drinks on Saturday morning at the reopening of The Toll Gate, a Wetherspoons pub in Hornsey, north London
According to ONS data, 25,000 people across the country currently have Covid-19 or one in 2,200 people (0.04 percent of the population) – a huge drop from the 51,000 active cases the previous week.
However, the same data showed that the virus spreads somewhat faster at an estimated rate of 25,000 new cases a week through June 27, compared to 22,000 infections in the community the week before.
ONS statisticians, who made their projection based on swab tests with 25,000 randomly selected people, warned that the rate at which the outbreak declined was "flattened".
They added, "At the moment we have no evidence that the current trend is anything but flat."
The Department of Health's daily health data does not indicate how many Covid-19 patients have died within the past 24 hours – it is only how many deaths have been reported and registered with the authorities.
It comes after the government of the Spanish region of Catalonia has blocked a county with more than 400,000 inhabitants after an increase in coronavirus cases – just as the British are preparing to go there on vacation.
The western Catalan city of Lleida and the rest of the Segrià district were closed today at noon.
The western Catalan city of Lleida and the rest of the Segrià district were closed today at noon. In the picture, police officers check the documents of people traveling by vehicles at the entrance to Lleida
"We have decided to restrict the Zone del Segria to data that confirm a sharp rise in COVID-19 infections," Catalan Regional President Quim Torra told reporters, adding that no one should be allowed to enter or leave the area.
According to data from 2019, which are 173.9 km inland from Barcelona, around 431,183 people live in Lleida.
This happened after the UK government lifted the restrictions on "airlifting" people living in England – meaning that holidaymakers do not need to be quarantined as long as they go to England on or after July 10th to return.
"We are taking a step back to protect ourselves and control the outbreak," said Torra, who described the move as a "difficult decision."
Since the outbreak began, there have been 62,057 confirmed cases in Catalonia with 5,673 deaths.
The President added on Twitter: & # 39; The people of # Segrià should remain calm. You can count on our support. We must take all possible measures to protect you and prevent an even greater increase in the number of new cases. & # 39;
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