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UK coronavirus death toll soars by 462 in biggest Saturday jump since early May

The latest UK Covid-19 death and hospital figures came as a Government scientific adviser warned the next two weeks will be “absolutely crucial” in ensuring that the coronavirus lockdown in England ends as planned

The UK’s coronavirus death toll has increased by 462 – the highest rise on a Saturday for six months – as almost 27,000 more people tested positive.

There have now been 51,766 deaths in all settings within 28 days of a positive test, the fifth highest toll in the world. However, the number of fatalities mentioning Covid-19 on the death certificate is more than 67,000

The daily death toll of 462, in all settings, is one of the worst of the second wave and the most fatalities on a Saturday since 587 on May 2, when the UK was emerging from its initial peak of the pandemic.

Statistically, this has been one of the worst weeks of the crisis, with 563 fatalities announced on Thursday, 595 on Wednesday (the highest one-day toll since May) and 532 on Tuesday.

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