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UK coronavirus deaths rise by 65 to 46,364 – the lowest Wednesday rate since lockdown

CORONAVIRUS deaths in the UK have risen by 65 to 46,364 in the lowest Wednesday since lockdown.

But positive Covid-19 cases jumped by 17 per cent in just one week from 763 to 892 - bringing the total number of infections to 307,184.

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This is also a rise from 560 new cases two weeks ago as infections continue to surge in the UK.

Today's grim death toll released by the Department of Health showed 65 more people have died.

It comes as:

This is the lowest number on a Wednesday since lockdown began.

And it is lower than yesterday when 89 more people lost their lives to the deadly disease.

In England today, there were 13 more deaths in hospital - bringing the total to 29,371.

NHS England confirmed the latest victims were aged between 52 and 92 - with all having underlying health conditions.

There were no new deaths in Scotland today for the 20th day in a row - keeping their total at 2,491.

In Wales, a further two people have died with their total now at 1,568.

While in Northern Ireland, there have been no further deaths.

It comes amid fears Preston could be plunged into fresh lockdown due to a spike in coronavirus cases.

Covid-19 infections have doubled in the city in the week to July 31 from 22 to 49 - almost 35 cases per 100,000 population.

New restrictions would see the city follow in the footsteps of nearby East Lancashire, Greater Manchester and parts of West Yorkshire.

Pubs and restaurants in Aberdeen will also shut from 5pm tonight after a surge in new infections.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the new restrictions after the cases were linked to 20 pubs and restaurants in the area.

Ms Sturgeon also told people not to travel to Aberdeen.

The new rules in Aberdeen are far tougher than local lockdowns in parts of northern England - where people are no longer allowed to visit others indoors, but can still head to the pub.

Schools will also reopen for kids in Northern lockdown areas in September, the schools minister has said.

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