UK coronavirus hospital deaths rise by 40 as millions forced into tighter lockdown

The number of coronavirus deaths in UK hospitals has risen by 40 as millions more people are forced into harsher lockdown restrictions.

NHS England reported 13 further deaths in hospitals, in Scotland there were 13, in Wales there were 10 more deaths and in Northern Ireland there were four more fatalities.

Last Thursday, October 8, the hospital death toll tragically rose by 58.

The previous Thursday, October 1, the number of Covid-19 patients who died in UK hospitals rose by 55.

This was an increase from Thursday, September 24, when 33 more hospital deaths were recorded.

On other recent Thursdays, the hospital death toll increased by 21 on September 17 and nine deaths on September 10.

The toll increased by 17 on September 3, nine on August 27, five on August 20 (the lowest since the lockdown was imposed in March), and 13 on August 13.

Yesterday the hospital death toll jumped by 97 – the highest increase on a Wednesday for four months.

England reported 68 new fatalities, Scotland had 15, Wales recorded 10 and Northern Ireland had four to bring the overall hospital count to 35,524.

Scotland has recorded 13 deaths of coronavirus patients in the past 24 hours, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

This takes the death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – to 2,585.

In a statement to a virtual session of the Scottish Parliament, the First Minister said 1,351 people have tested positive in the past 24 hours.

This is 17.6% of newly-tested individuals, up from 16.4% on Wednesday.

She said 44,036 people have now tested positive in Scotland, up 42,685 from the day before.