Saturday, November 27

Ten more patients with coronavirus die bringing UK total to 243



Ten more more people have died after after testing positive for coronavirus in Wales and Scotland taking the UK total to 243.

There have been seven fatalities in Wales over the last 24 hours, taking the total number to 12 and a further three in Scotland, where the number of deaths overall now stands at 10.

An update on confirmed coronavirus cases and casualties for England is expected later. The number of confirmed cases on Saturday stood at 5,018, a rise of 1,035 in 24 hours.

The chief medical officer for Wales Dr Frank Atherton, said: It is with deep sadness I can confirm a further seven deaths of patients in Wales who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

This takes the number of deaths in Wales to 12. He added: My thoughts are with their families and friends, and I ask that their privacy is respected at this very sad time.

The Welsh government said five people had died in the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, one in Nevill Hall, Abergavenny, and one in Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil.

All were in the high-risk category, either over 70 or with underlying health conditions, according to the authorities.

London continues to account for more than a third of all UK deaths an increase of 19 on Saturday, eight of which were at the London North West Healthcare NHS Trust.

The capital has seen 90 fatalities, followed by 42 in the South East, 32 in the West Midlands, 19 in the North West, 12 in the South West, nine in the East Midlands, eight in Yorkshire and the Humber and four in the North East.

The government and health officials have also urged the 1.5 million people in England considered most at risk from COVID-19 the disease caused by coronavirus because of their health conditions to begin shielding themselves by staying at home.