Sunday, December 5

UK deaths jump by 113 to 578



Britain’s growing coronavirus death toll today jumped to 578 after 113 more fatalities were confirmed across the home nations, making today the UK’s darkest day yet in the escalating outbreak.

Health officials also more than 2,100 new patients had tested positive for the life-threatening infection, meaning almost 12,000 cases of COVID-19 have now been recorded in Britain.

Six more patients died overnight in Wales, while Scotland and Northern Ireland both today confirmed three more fatalities. England has yet to declare its daily figures but scores more deaths are expected to be announced.

It comes after the UK yesterday recorded 43 coronavirus deaths, including six in Scotland, five in Wales and two in Northern Ireland because officials changed the times on how they were recorded. The total was almost half of the 87 announced on Tuesday, Britain’s darkest day yet.

Despite the death rate falling by half, the country saw a record spike in cases yesterday with 1,452 more patients known to have caught the deadly virus – which has been spreading on British soil for a month.

Almost 10,000 Britons have now tested positive for the coronavirus, with Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland confirming 320 new cases between them today.

But Government scientists have admitted there is likely to be 1,000 infected patients for every death recorded in Britain – suggesting the true toll is in the region of 480,000.

Number 10 has faced fierce criticism for its controversial policy to only test patients in hospital, meaning only a fraction of cases are being spotted and leaving the true scale of the UK’s outbreak a mystery.

The UK’s death toll jump comes as police have set up road blocks to stop cars with one force sending up a drone to chase dog walkers, ramblers and ‘lycra lout’ cyclists.

Derbyshire Police’s drone unit has taken the extraordinary step of using one its unmanned aircraft to swoop on people flouting the travel ban – while on Tyneside Northumbria Police broke up a football match because only two people can gather together for the next three weeks.