UK coronavirus hospital death toll up by 97 in biggest Wednesday jump since June

The UK's coronavirus hospital death toll has 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.

It is down slightly from 101 fatalities on Tuesday, but it is the largest daily total on a Wednesday since 97 were announced on June 17.

By comparison, the death tolls on recent Wednesdays were 59 (October 7), 52 (September 30), 27 (September 23), 14 (September 16) and 12 (September 9).

The lowest increase announced on a Wednesday was 10 on September 2, while the highest was 936, which was set on April 8 when the UK was going through the first peak of its outbreak.

Scotland (1,429), Northern Ireland (1,217) and Wales (964) set new record highs for the daily number of confirmed cases.

The figures were released as Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced mounting pressure to impose a "circuit breaker" national lockdown in England that would last at least a couple of weeks.

Mr Johnson did not rule out the possibility of a "circuit breaker" when he appeared at Prime Minister's Questions, but insisted he wanted to avoid the "misery" of another national shutdown, just two days after revealing the new three-tier lockdown system.

Northern Ireland will go into a four-week "circuit breaker" on Friday - with pubs and restaurants closed except for takeaways and deliveries, and schools closed for two of those weeks - in a desperate bid to halt the spread of Covid-19.

Graham Medley, professor of infectious disease modelling at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), said it may be too late to implement a two-week circuit-breaker over the October school half-term but December could be an option.

Source: The Mirror