UK coronavirus death toll grows by 83 to 45,961 as cases rise for second consecutive Wednesday

THE UK's coronavirus deaths toll rose by 83 to 45,961 today as the number of new cases grew for the second consecutive Wednesday.

Another 763 people tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of positive tests in the UK to 301,455.

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Today's figures represent a slight rise on last Wednesday's death toll of 83.

Last Wednesday, 79 deaths were recorded with previous Wednesdays seeing 85, 126 and 176 respectively in recent weeks.

The number of infections has grown by 36 per cent on the same time last week after 560 were recorded last Wednesday and 538 the previous week.

However the number of new cases remains similar to recent days, with the figure only dropping below 650 yesterday and last Wednesday.

The total rate of infection remains highest in the North West of England with 626.5 per 100,000 population.

The figure is lowest in the South West with its rate at 235.6 per 100,000, currently less than half of that in the North West.

Problem areas such as Blackburn, Oldham and Rochdale have seen a spike in cases in the North West in recent weeks.

Last week Blackburn with Darwen council became the first town after Leicester to re-impose social distancing rules after cases hit 80 per 100,000.

Meanwhile, Rochdale faces tighter lockdown measures later this week as coronavirus cases in the town remain nearly as high as Spain.

Rochdale’s neighbouring borough Oldham also introduced tighter restrictions this week after recording more than 50 cases per 100,000. That is one case higher per 100,000 than Spain recorded in its latest count today.

Oldham is set to bring in door-to-door coronavirus testing next week after an outbreak put the town at risk of lockdown.

The tests will be rolled out in Oldham after the Greater Manchester town recorded 109 cases in the last seven days.

Councillors confirmed that cases are on the rise in younger people aged 20-40 and in socially deprived districts with a high BAME population, including Oldham’s Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities.

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