Saturday, December 4

UK death toll rises by 32 to 104



Thirty-two more people have died in England after testing positive for coronavirus taking the total number of UK deaths to 104.

It follows the biggest daily leap in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK after 676 infections were diagnosed in the last 24 hours.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK now stands at 2,626. Ninety-nine patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in England have now died.

The latest 32 patients to die were aged between 59 and 94 and had underlying health conditions, NHS England said.

Nearly a third of the new deaths in England (10) were at hospitals in London – the worst-affected part of the UK.

Earlier, the death of a third patient who had tested positive for COVID-19 in Scotland was confirmed.

Two people with the virus have died in Wales so far. In other developments in the spread of coronavirus in the UK:

  • All schools in Scotland and Wales are set to close on Friday in response to the pandemic
  • A “radical” money printing plan is being considered by the Bank of England, its new governor tells Sky News
  • This year’s Glastonbury festival and tEurovision Song Contest have been cancelled
  • Major supermarket chains including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda and Morrisons have enforced new rules to stop panic buying
  • An inmate at HMP Manchester has tested positive for COVID-19 – the first confirmed UK prisoner case
  • The Foreign Office has urged British holidaymakers to leave Spain as soon as possible as all hotels will close there from Tuesday
  • Filming on EastEnders and other BBC dramas Casualty, Doctors and Holby City has been suspended until further notice
  • Princess Beatrice has cancelled her planned wedding reception because of coronavirus

As of 9am on Wednesday, 56,221 people had been tested for the virus in the UK, of which 53,595 were negative.

There are now 227 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 across Scotland, while the number of confirmed cases in Northern Ireland has risen by six to 68.