A further 1,325 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for COVID-19 as of Friday – the highest number of UK deaths reported on a single day since the outbreak began. The number brings the government’s official death toll to 79,833. Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies counting deaths where COVID-19 has been mentioned on the death certificate show there have now been 95,000 deaths involving the virus in the UK.
Cases continue to soar
As of 9am on Friday, a further 68,053 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus were reported in the UK. The figure is the highest reported by the government in a single day since the beginning of the pandemic. However, daily cases may have been higher in April 2020 when mass testing was not taking place.
More than half of all major hospital trusts in England currently have more COVID-19 patients than at the peak of the first wave of the virus. In two regions – eastern England and south-east England – more than three-quarters of trusts are above their first-wave peak. Other trusts have seen their numbers rise so rapidly that they could pass their first-wave peak within days.