UK Coronavirus Deaths Rise by 114 to 45,233 as Both Daily Death, Infection Toll 10% Higher Than Last Week

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TEHRAN (FNA)- The UK coronavirus death toll rose by 114 to 45,233 as the latest Office for National Statistics figures show 1,700 people are still infected every day.

The latest rise in deaths confirmed by the Department of Health is higher than it was Thursday, when 66 more deaths were logged, The Sun reported.

Friday’s death toll refers to those who have died in all settings – including care homes, hospices and the wider community.

The latest figures from ONS show the outbreak isn’t changing in size in England as the number of people catching the virus each day – 1,700 – has not changed in a week.

ONS said the outbreak in England has only “levelled off”.

The latest Department of Health figures show 687 Brits have tested positive for the killer bug – up 642 from Thursday.

In England, the total number of COVID-19 deaths rose to 29,160 Friday – up 16 from Tuersday.

NHS England confirmed the patients were aged between 47 and 93 years old and all had underlying health conditions.

It is the second day in a row where no deaths were recorded in London in the past 24 hours, according to Friday’s figures.

In Scotland, a total of  2,491 patients have died after testing positive for coronavirus – after there were no new deaths in the past 24 hours.

In Wales, one more death was recorded overnight, bringing the overall tally there to 1,546.

While in Northern Ireland, zeros deaths were recorded again – keeping the total at 556.

Friday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out his roadmap to further unlock England and boost the country’s ailing economy.

Johnson called for the nation to return to “near-normal” as he told bosses to get Brits back to work.

And Johnson said he could scrap social distancing as early as November – saying family and pals could potentially hug again by Christmas.

The prime minister had planned to announce a firmer back-to-work call-to-arms but watered it down after the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance publicly dismissed the idea Brits needed to go back to the office.

It comes as Health Secretary Matt Hancock has ordered an urgent review after Public Health England were accused of miscalculating the coronavirus death toll.

Deaths from coronavirus might not be as high as the current 70 a day after PHE was accused of inflating the toll by counting people who have died of natural causes.

Hancock has called an urgent review into PHE for the way they counted the numbers after scientists accused them of bungling the death toll.

The Government has called a review into the way numbers were counted after Britain has suffered from the highest number of deaths in Europe.

A Government source told the Evening Standard, “We noticed that hospital deaths were falling but community deaths were up and wondered why.”

“It turns out you could have been tested positive in February, recovered, then hit by a bus in July and you’d be recorded as a COVID death,” the source added.

Source: FarsNews Agency

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