Coronavirus cases rise by more than 18,800 as UK death toll jumps by 80

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Coronavirus cases have risen by nearly 19,000 in the UK in the past 24 hours, with a further 80 deaths confirmed from the disease.

The Government said that, as of 9am on Monday, there had been a further 18,804 lab-confirmed cases of Covid-19. It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 741,212.

A further 80 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, as of Monday. This brings the UK total to 43,726.

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been 58,500 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

A further 76 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospitals in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 31,047, NHS England said on Monday.

Patients were aged between 47 and 99. All but one patient, aged 85, had known underlying health conditions.

The deaths were between October 9 and 18.Two other deaths were reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.

It comes after the Welsh Government confirmed the country will be entering a two-week “firebreak” lockdown.

There were 4,127 new confirmed cases of coronavirus recorded by Public Health Wales between October 9 and 15, though the real level of infections is believed to be much higher.

The R value, the number of people each coronavirus case infects, across Wales is currently between 1.1 and 1.4, while the seven-day rolling incidence rate for Wales is more than 130 cases per 100,000 people.

On Monday there were a further 626 cases of Covid-19 diagnosed in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 36,253.

Wales announce two-week ‘fire break’ lockdown

Public Health Wales said one further death had been reported, with the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic rising to 1,712.

Meanwhile in Northern Ireland, the Department of Health announced six further Covid-19 linked deaths reported in the last 24-hour reporting period and 820 new cases of the virus.

The toll recorded by the department now stands at 621.

There have been 28,040 confirmed cases of the virus since the outbreak began, 7,056 in the last seven days.

There are currently 261 patients with Covid-19 being treated in hospital, with 29 in intensive care.

Scotland has recorded one death from coronavirus and 993 positive tests in the past 24 hours, Nicola Sturgeon announced.

Speaking at the Scottish Government coronavirus briefing, the First Minister said this takes the death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – to 2,610.

This is 17.1 per cent of newly-tested individuals, up from 11.2 per cent on Sunday. She said 47,708 people have now tested positive in Scotland, up on 46,715 from the day before.