A further 65 people have died with coronavirus in the UK, bringing the nation’s death toll to 46,364.
The figure covers deaths in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the community. The actual cause of death may not be Covid-19 in all cases and people who died from the virus but didn’t test positive are not included in the total.
NHS England reported a further 13 deaths with Covid-19 in hospitals, 12 of which took place in the last 10 days. Wales recorded a further two deaths in hospitals, while Scotland and Northern Ireland both reported none.
There were also 892 new cases of the virus reported, bringing the total to 307,184, while 163,422 tests were carried out in the previous 24 hours. There was a testing capacity of 338,413.
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At present, there are 1,152 patients in hospital with Covid-19, 77 require a ventilator. There were 183 new patients admitted for treatment of the virus, the data showed.
The increase in death toll comes as Aberdeen was placed in local lockdown due to a spike in number of cases. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said 54 new cases had been reported, igniting fears they were dealing with a ‘significant outbreak that may include some community transmission’.
A five-mile travel rule has now been put in place, with residents told not to enter any households other than their own All indoor and outdoor hospitality venues have also been told to close by 5pm on Wednesday.
The measures, which apply to the Aberdeen City area, will be backed by government regulations, the First Minister said. Extra police officers will be on the streets to ensure residents comply with the rules.
The lockdown is similar to new restrictions put in place in northern England, which will come into force at midnight tonight. Ministers had initially said the rules would apply from midnight on July 31, but they were later delayed without explanation.
Metropolitan, city and borough council areas in Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Calderdale and Kirklees will be subjected to the legislation.
The areas will be banned from meeting different households in a private home or garden, with anyone caught flouting the rules facing fines of £100. Fines can escalate up to £3,200 for repeat offenders.
According to the legislation papers, the restriction zone could change at any time as directed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
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