Monday, November 29

UK coronavirus death toll jumps by 828 to 17,337



The number of people who have died in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK has reached 17,337, up from 16,509 in 24 hours.

The difference between the Department of Health’s daily hospital death tolls shows an increase of 828 fatalities, the first rise in figures since Saturday when 888 hospital deaths were reported.

Although comparing the figures shows a jump of 828 deaths, the Department of Health suggested the toll had jumped by 823.

At the Downing Street press briefing on Tuesday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the daily death toll was up by 852. It is currently unclear why the figures vary.

The death toll had dropped to 596 on Sunday, and 449 on Monday, the lowest rise for two weeks, before spiking again on Tuesday. Officials said 129,044 have tested positive for the coronavirus.

While the death toll spiked on Tuesday, the number of infections dropped to its lowest since April 7.

It comes as the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed deaths in England and Wales involving coronavirus could be 41 per cent higher than previously recorded.