UK coronavirus deaths more than double last Saturday’s total

The number of coronavirus deaths has more than doubled compared with the same time last week, new figures released today show.

The UK's death toll reached 44,798 after 148 further deaths were recorded across all settings.

The rise is more the double the increase of 67 that was recorded last Saturday.

A total of 288,953 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the UK since the beginning of the pandemic.

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Of those, 820 new cases were confirmed in the past 24 hours.

The figures come as coronavirus restrictions were further lifted in England as people were allowed to go outdoor swimming and play grassroot sport for the first time since March.

Lidos, water parks, outdoor theatres and grassroots sport are allowed to resume – just a week after pubs, hotels, hairdressers and restaurants reopened on 'Super Saturday'.

Yesterday, Liverpool's Director of Public Health warned of a spike in coronavirus cases among young people in the city, particularly in south Liverpool.

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The places affected include Belle Vale, Childwall, Woolton, Knotty Ash, Allerton and Hunts Cross.

Mobile testing centres will be in the area over the next week or so, carrying out swab tests on people with symptoms who have pre-booked an appointment via the NHS website.

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There have been 30 cases of Covid-19 in the area over the last fortnight, with half of them in people aged between 15 and 24.

Earlier today, two further coronavirus deaths were recorded in Merseyside's hospitals by NHS England.

This means two new fatalities have been recorded across all of the trusts across Merseyside and the surrounding regions.

They were recorded in Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – 4

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – 19

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – 468 (+1)

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust – 3

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust – 149

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust – 207

The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust – 10

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – 238

Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – 136 (+1)