UK coronavirus hospital deaths soar by 431 in highest Thursday rise since May

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The UK coronavirus hospital death toll increased by 431 in the highest Thursday rise since May.

In England 346 more people died of coronavirus in hospitals, in Scotland the death toll rose by 50, in Wales another 23 deaths were recorded and in Northern Ireland 12 more fatalities were added to the tragic toll.

Yesterday the UK coronavirus hospital death toll rose by 388 with exactly two weeks to go until the national lockdown is due to end.

In England 282 more coronavirus patients died in hospitals, in Scotland there were another 54 hospital deaths, in Wales 41 further people died, and Northern Ireland's death toll increased by 11.

A further 346 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 37,470, NHS England said on Thursday.

Patients were aged between 35 and 102. All except nine, aged between 54 and 99, had known underlying health conditions.

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The deaths were between October 19 and November 18, with the majority being on or after November 16.

Nineteen other deaths were reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.

Scotland has recorded 50 deaths from coronavirus and 1,089 positive tests in the past 24 hours, Nicola Sturgeon said.

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, the First Minister said the death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – has risen to 3,427.

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Ms Sturgeon said the daily test positivity rate is 4.6%, down from 6.7% on the previous day.

A total of 85,612 people have now tested positive in Scotland, up from 84,523.

There are 1,212 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, down by 29 in 24 hours.

Of these patients, 85 are in intensive care, down by three.

The R number is now thought to be slightly below one, Ms Sturgeon said.

Another 487 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Northern Ireland, the Department of Health said.

A total of 3,401 cases have been diagnosed over the last seven days.

Another 12 deaths were reported, the department's daily update showed.

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Today's figures come as it was announced the latest trials of the University of Oxford coronavirus vaccine found it produces a strong immune response in older adults.

The vaccine has been shown to trigger a robust immune response in healthy adults aged 56-69 and people over 70.

Phase two data, published in The Lancet, suggests one of the groups most vulnerable to serious illness and death from Covid-19 could build immunity, researchers say.

According to the researchers, volunteers in the trial demonstrated similar immune responses across all three age groups (18-55, 56-69, and 70 and over).

The study of 560 healthy adults – including 240 over the age of 70 – found the vaccine is better tolerated in older people compared with younger adults.

The UK has 100 million doses of the Oxford jab on order, enough to vaccinate almost the entire population, pending regulatory approval.

The Oxford findings come after Pfizer and BioNTech announced that their vaccine candidate has shown 95% efficacy, with a 94% effectiveness in those aged 65 and over.

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