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UK records 16 more hospital deaths from Covid – leaving 34,027 victims


The UK coronavirus hospital death toll has reached 34,027 after 16 more deaths.

Another 15 deaths were recorded in England's hospitals today, while Wales reported one more death.

Scotland has not reported any new deaths and Northern Ireland stops releasing updated numbers on weekends.

The number of patients who test positive every day is still much higher than the four-month low of 546 on July 8.

Cases have risen steadily since last month, fueling fears of a second wave. However, figures released today suggest that the number of people infected with coronavirus in England has actually dropped 12 percent in a week.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS), which is gauging the size of the outbreak through swab testing of thousands of people, now estimates that 3,700 people catch Covid-19 every day in England. The estimate of 4,200 daily cases last week prompted Boris Johnson to declare that he "pressed the brake pedal" to ease the coronavirus blockage.

Government scientific advisors today warned that coronavirus reproduction rates could now be as high as one across the UK. SAGE estimates that the R-value – the average number of people each Covid-19 patient will infect – is now between 0.8 and 1.0, compared to last week's prediction that it was between 0.8 and 0.9 was. Experts say the R has to stay under one or governments risk losing control of the epidemic and the virus could spiral out of control.

In other coronavirus developments in the UK today:

  • "Brave" young Britons have been urged to continue to obey the rules of social distancing as fears grow that they will catch the virus without knowing and passing it on.
  • Thousands of NHS nurses and medical staff marched through the streets of the UK to be sidelined against the pay rise for public sector workers who had worked during the pandemic.
  • Hundreds of NHS Scotland staff fell silent to remember colleagues lost in a pay protest in Glasgow city center during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • It has been revealed that the British border force has fined only nine people who violated quarantine rules after returning from abroad – including two British people who were later found to be complying with the rules.
  • It is estimated that Lockdown "killed two out of three people who died of coronavirus" – 16,000 people in the UK died in five weeks when hospitals closed for COVID, while 25,000 died from the virus.
  • More than 100,000 people in the UK could have died from coronavirus if the government hadn't told people to stay at home, according to research.

Another 15 deaths were recorded in England's hospitals today, while Wales reported one more death. Sun seekers are pictured on Brighton Beach this morning

Bournemouth Beach was full again even in the mornings when sun-seekers flocked to soak up the sun

Bournemouth Beach was full again even in the mornings when sun-seekers flocked to soak up the sun

After an immensely busy day yesterday, crowds flocked to the coast despite the local authorities asking to stay away

After an immensely busy day yesterday, crowds flocked to the coast despite the local authorities asking to stay away

Professor Carl Heneghan, director of the Center for Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford University, claimed this week that Covid-19 cases are not really increasing – despite government numbers showing an upward trend.

He said the rising infection rates were due to more people being tested, citing data showing that the number of second pillar tests performed daily rose 80 percent to around 80,000 over the course of July.

The death dates do not indicate how many Covid-19 patients have died within the last 24 hours – it is just how many deaths have been reported and registered with the authorities.

And the number doesn't always match the home country updates. Health Department officials are working on a different time limit which means the daily updates from Scotland and Northern Ireland are out of sync.

The census announced every afternoon by NHS England, which only takes into account deaths in hospitals, does not match the DH numbers as they use a different recording system.

For example, some deaths announced by NHS England bosses have already been counted by the Department of Health, which records deaths "as soon as they become available".

The numbers for this Saturday are marked by a demand that “brave” young people continue to obey the rules of social distancing as fears grow that they will infect the virus without knowing it and passing it on to other members of their household.

Preston's public health director warned that mixing in pubs was to blame for the area being closed again. Almost half of the newly reported cases in the region involved people under the age of 30.

City Council Director General Adrian Phillips asked the young people to continue to follow instructions and not risk infecting others.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today program, "I know our public health director told young people not to kill Grandma to try to get the message across."

“Young people are inevitably among the brave and brave, they want to be adventurous and on the go, but we know that they have the virus, at the moment they tend to have fewer symptoms, but they take it back. We believe it will in many cases it is young people who take it home and contract the virus.

“We have to repeat it, and if Radio 4 is the right channel for this, I don't know for sure, but we use several channels and work with community groups that do peer-to-peer communication.

"It is just trying to find so many different ways to get the message across to all communities and to all areas of our city that the virus is still something to be really wary of."

Bournemouth beach in Dorset was already busy in the morning when sun-seekers flocked to the coast again today

Bournemouth beach in Dorset was already busy in the morning when sun-seekers flocked to the coast again today

The harsh warnings seemed disregarded today as crowds of lockdown-weary sun-seekers flocked to Britain's beauty spots – with little sign of social distancing.

Revelers gathered on the beach this morning, some even spending the night in tents in anticipation of another sizzling day on the UK's beaches – although city councils asked tourists to clear up after yesterday's "chaos".

Despite government warnings on the UK's hottest August day since 2003, record numbers hit the coast on Friday.

Staycationers in Bournemouth emerged this morning from tents they had pitched overnight to secure the best spots, while Sussex police were already turning cars off a crowded beach in Camber Sands at 10am.

Crowds of visitors carrying bags make their way to the coast in Bournemouth in what is likely to be another busy day

Crowds of visitors carrying bags make their way to the coast in Bournemouth in what is likely to be another busy day

Sussex police turned cars off a crowded beach in Camber Sands as early as 10 a.m. this morning. The temperatures of 95 ° F will be set later

Sussex police turned cars off a crowded beach in Camber Sands as early as 10 a.m. this morning. The temperatures of 95 ° F will be set later

In North Wales, described yesterday as the site of "chaos," a councilor's request that visitors avoid cities appeared to be ignored as local police reported a "significant increase" in traffic in Abersoch as drivers made their way to the Beach.

Similarly, drivers reported 40-minute queues for parking spaces in sandbanks, which also filled up during the morning.

Yesterday by noon, 19 of 24 beaches along a stretch of the Dorset coast were full. At this point there were already 70 coast guards across the UK.

With mercury set to soar to 95 ° F today and the RAC anticipating the busiest weekend of the year, local authorities are urging people to stay away and avoid repeating yesterday's crowds, many of which are without coronavirus fears as groups Masks appeared untouched – despite increasing cases in the UK fueling fears of a second wave.

Meanwhile, the Local Government Association is calling for councils to be given more authority to shut down anti-infraction pubs nationwide. The revelers are expected to return to venues across the country today.

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