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England announces 39 provisional Covid victims in preliminary toll – HALF last week’s number

Another 39 people have died of coronavirus in English hospitals – that’s about half of last Saturday’s 75 deaths, NHS England has revealed.

The total number of people who die after a positive test for COVID-19 is now 28,872, NHS England said.

The patients were between 45 and 99 years old and all had an underlying health condition.

It is the same day that thousands of pubs and restaurants across the country opened their doors to customers for the first time since closing on March 23.

Yesterday, number 10 scientific advisers revealed that the R rate – the average number of people infecting each Covid-19 patient – is still between 0.7 and 0.9 for the UK.

But SAGE admitted it could be as high as 1.1 in London, and 1 in the Midlands, the Northeast and Yorkshire, the Southeast and the Southwest.

Individual data released by the government panel also claimed that the UK’s current growth rate – how the number of new cases change by the day – may be 0 percent, meaning it has stalled.

Coronavirus outbreaks can even grow by two percent per day in London and the Southwest.

Great Britain registered 137 deaths yesterday from Covid-19. Official data also shows that the daily death toll in Britain in July has not fallen as quickly as last month.

Analysis shows that the moving average of daily deaths is now at 103 – the lowest since late March, when the British crisis got out of hand.

The total number of people who die after a positive test for COVID-19 is now 28,872, health officials said (file image)

The total number of people who die after a positive test for COVID-19 is now 28,872, health officials said (file image)

The total number of people who die after a positive test for COVID-19 is now 28,872, health officials said (file image)

But it’s only dropped 15 percent since last Friday, when 186 new fatalities were registered. The death rate dropped 30 percent from week to week until mid-June.

Figures from the Department of Health released yesterday also show that only 544 new cases have been diagnosed, the smallest jump of 24 hours since March 17 – a week before ministers first imposed the closure.

But other estimates suggest that the number of actual cases has risen to about 3,500 a day for three weeks.

Number 10 scientific advisers today revealed that the R rate - the average number of people infecting each Covid-19 patient - is still between 0.7 and 0.9 as a whole for the UK

Number 10 scientific advisers today revealed that the R rate - the average number of people infecting each Covid-19 patient - is still between 0.7 and 0.9 as a whole for the UK

Number 10 scientific advisers today revealed that the R rate – the average number of people infecting each Covid-19 patient – is still between 0.7 and 0.9 as a whole for the UK

A group of friends toast their pints at the Shakespeare's Head pub in Holborn, central London, as it reopened today

A group of friends toast their pints at the Shakespeare's Head pub in Holborn, central London, as it reopened today

A group of friends toast their pints at the Shakespeare’s Head pub in Holborn, central London, as it reopened today

Customers line up at the Fat Cat Brewery Tap pub in Norwich on Saturday afternoon

Customers line up at the Fat Cat Brewery Tap pub in Norwich on Saturday afternoon

Customers line up at the Fat Cat Brewery Tap pub in Norwich on Saturday afternoon

This morning, pubs in England were allowed to open from 6am, while police and the NHS braced themselves for fallouts as people continue drinking late into the night to shake off for nearly four months.

Adolescents will sink as many as 15 million pints at 23,000 establishments across the country, experts predicted.

They will be hit with high prices for beer, wine, cider and spirits as pubs, including Wetherspoons, are desperately trying to make up for lost business.

Since the new coronavirus rules were only released on Friday afternoon, some landlords planned to open as soon as the clock ticked after midnight. But Downing Street countered the rapid gaps by ensuring that the ban continued until after sunrise.

Meanwhile, figures from the Department of Health released Thursday revealed that 205,673 tests were conducted or posted the day before. The number includes antibody tests for first-line NHS and caregivers.

But bosses again refused to say how many people were tested, meaning the exact number of Britons obliterated for the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been a mystery for a month – since May 22.

Heads of health also reported 544 more cases of Covid-19, marking the smallest daily jump in new infections since a week before the block was imposed. On March 17, only 407 cases were confirmed.

Government statistics show that the official size of the UK outbreak is now 284,276 cases. But the actual magnitude of the outbreak is estimated at millions, based on antibody test data.

Officials on Thursday reviewed the actual number of confirmed cases to take 30,000 duplicates they encountered through “ methodological improvements and a review of historical data. ”

But the actual number of confirmed cases of coronavirus is much lower than the estimated daily infections by the US, especially since not everyone contracting the virus shows symptoms and opts for a test.

US data suggested that 25,000 people across the country currently have Covid-19, or one in 2,200 people (0.04 percent of the population) – a huge drop from the 51,000 active cases the week before.

But the same data showed that the virus spreads a little faster, with an estimated 25,000 new cases in the week ending June 27 – compared to the 22,000 infections that had been in the community the previous week.

US statisticians, who projected them based on swab tests of 25,000 randomly chosen people, warned that the rate at which the outbreak is diminishing has “leveled off”.

She added, “At this point we have no evidence that the current trend is anything but flat.”

The Department of Health’s daily death data does not indicate how many Covid-19 patients have died in the past 24 hours – it is only the number of fatalities reported and registered with the authorities.

More to follow.

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