By Stephen Matthews Health Editor For Mailonline
Published: 14:10 BST, 14 September 2020 | Updated: 14:30 BST, 14 September 2020
England today announced one more Covid-19 death in hospitals — but no new fatalities were recorded in the preliminary toll for Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
Health officials have yet to confirm the final daily death toll, which includes victims in all settings in England and not just patients who have succumbed to the virus in NHS-ran hospitals.
NHS England said the unidentified victim, who was in their 80s, was being treated at a hospital in Bradford and died yesterday, Sunday, September 13.
Five coronavirus deaths were confirmed yesterday as well as three last Monday. Eleven patients are dying each day, on average — down from the 1,000 fatalities recorded daily during the worst of the crisis in April.
Government figures show deaths have yet to spike in line with soaring cases, which have doubled in the space of ten days. But it can take patients several weeks to succumb to the illness, meaning deaths may not start to trickle through for another fortnight.
More than 3,000 new cases are now being recorded each day, on average. But top experts insist the UK does not yet need to panic over the rising numbers because they are only a fraction of the 100,000-plus that occurred each day during the darkest period of the coronavirus crisis.
Other scientists, however, say action is needed to prevent Britain being hit by another wave of the disease. Around 40,000 deaths were recorded in the UK during the first bout of pandemic.
Britain's coronavirus response is being led by a 'Dad's Army' of well-paid people with no experience, two leading scientists have said as they called on Number 10 to stop panicking and scrap the controversial 'rule of six'.
Professors Carl Heneghan and Tom Jefferson, from Oxford University, accused Boris Johnson of making a series of 'catastrophic' errors since returning to work in April, following his own battle with the killer virus.
They said the country's pandemic response has suffered because it has been led by Government officials inexperienced in controlling public health.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock, they pointed out, has had the job for only two years; chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty was appointed in 2019; Boris Johnson was elected last year; and the Joint Biosecurity Centre - created to fight the Covid-19 pandemic - is