Coronavirus UK: 21 new fatalities and 816 infections

A further seven deaths from the coronavirus have been confirmed in Britain today, with six in English hospitals and one in Northern Ireland.

The preliminary count, which will be updated by the Department of Health later this afternoon, takes the total so far to 46,581.

The number of new confirmed cases will also be confirmed this afternoon. Scotland diagnosed a further 29 people yesterday, along with 12 new cases in Wales. 

Today's data comes amid concerns the virus is starting to spread out of control again after 1,062 people were diagnosed yesterday - the first time since June 25 that the daily rise was more than 1,000. 

But more promising data shows that the number of people receiving hospital treatment for Covid-19 in England has plummeted by 96 per cent since April.

Survival rates in intensive care units are improving thanks to improved understanding of the disease and experimental treatments, and smaller proportions of people catching the disease are needing life-saving medical help. 

Government focus now is on getting children back to school and a row has broken out between politicians and unions over reopening classrooms across the UK. 

NHS England today confirmed six more people died in its hospitals between July 29 and August 9.

Two of those were in the North East and Yorkshire region, with the other four all dying in the East of England.

And Northern Ireland's government confirmed another death had been confirmed there over the weekend.

Today marks the 25th day in a row that no more deaths have been confirmed in Scotland. 

While the number of people dying of Covid-19 in Britain is now very low and continuing to fall, concerns have turned to the number of cases being diagnosed each day.

Yesterday, Sunday, the daily count tipped above 1,000 for the first time in around six weeks when 1,062 people received a positive test result.

The country had not seen an increase so large since June 25, when 1,118 cases were reported in a single day.

The numbers come almost exactly a fortnight after Boris Johnson predicted a second wave in two weeks.

On July 28, a senior government source said the Prime Minister was 'extremely concerned' by outbreaks 'bubbling up', both at home and abroad.

Even as case numbers are increasing, however, the number of people going to hospital with the virus continues to fall and is now at the lowest level of the entire outbreak. 

Hospital admissions are now making up a smaller percentage of total new coronavirus cases, data shows, falling from more than a quarter at the end of April, when widespread testing began, to less than 10 per cent in August

Hospital admissions are now making up a smaller percentage of total new coronavirus cases, data shows, falling from more than a quarter at the end of April, when widespread testing began, to less than 10 per cent in August

In the seven days leading up to August 5, 375 people were hospitalised with Covid-19 in England, compared to 18,638 between March 28 and April 3.

While the number of patients in hospitals would be expected to drop as cases decline and the virus fades out, data suggests fewer people are getting severely ill.

The proportion of coronavirus patients who need hospital care - regardless of the true number - seems to be falling.

Since late April, when testing first started to become available outside of hospitals, the proportion of positive cases being hospitalised has dropped from around a quarter to less than 10 per cent, averaging seven per cent - just one in every 14 - over the past week.

Experts say better treatments, more hospital capacity and some levels of immunity may have helped push down the need for hospital care.

Survival rates have improved, too, with eight in 10 intensive care patients now making it through their illness, up from fewer than half in April.

The total number of people in hospital with Covid-19 in England peaked at 17,172 on April 12 and has now dropped to just 638 on August 7

The total number of people in hospital with Covid-19 in England peaked at 17,172 on April 12 and has now dropped to just 638 on August 7

The number of people on ventilators was highest April 12 at 2,881, and has since dropped to 57 on August 7

The number of people on ventilators was highest April 12 at 2,881, and has since dropped to 57 on August 7

The NHS faces a huge backlog of non-coronavirus patients after emptying its hospital wards to prepare for a surge in people sick with Covid-19. Falling levels of hospitalisations could help the health service get back on its feet if the virus remains under control. 

The number of people in hospital with Covid-19 in England peaked at 17,172 on April 12, and the number of people on ventilators was highest on the same day,

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