UK coronavirus death toll rises by 79 to 45,501 – lowest Wednesday in 17 weeks

CORONAVIRUS fatalities in the UK have risen by 79 to 45,501 – making it the lowest Wednesday for 17 weeks.

It is the lowest daily rise on a Wednesday since the start of lockdown when 149 deaths were logged on March 25.

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The latest rise in deaths confirmed by the government's dashboard is lower than it was yesterday, when 110 more deaths were logged.

The Government's Department of Health has not confirmed the new figures reported by Public Health England – after experts accused the body of bungling the figures.

The Department of Health's figures include all settings – including care homes, hospices and the wider community – meaning the current totals could change once the review has concluded.

The number of new cases reported by the Department of Health is 560 – higher than yesterday's 445.

A total of 296,377 people have now tested positive for Covid-19.

Today's figures are lower than last Wednesday's 85.

In England hospitals, the total number of Covid-19 deaths rose to 29,212 today – up 10 from yesterday.

NHS England confirmed the patients were aged between 50 and 97 years old and all had known underlying health conditions.  

Nicola Sturgeon announced today is the sixth day in a row that no new deaths have been recorded – leaving Scotland's death toll at 2,491.

In Wales, one death was recorded, taking the deadly toll at 1,548.

Zero deaths were recorded in Northern Ireland today – keeping their total death at 556.

Today's figures come as Matt Hancock announced that families in England will finally be able to spend time with their loved ones in care homes.

The Health Secretary today ended the ban, admitting it had been "painful" time for those separated since March.

Yesterday, figures published by the ONS revealed that three times as many people are now being killed by the flu and pneumonia than Covid-19.

For the week ending on July 10, ONS data shows that 917 flu and pneumonia deaths were registered.

In comparison, 366 coronavirus deaths were registered for the same week.

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