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The UK has recorded another 63 coronavirus deaths in the preliminary count, as official figures show the number of number of people falling victim to the virus has risen by 55 per cent in a week.

Fifty of today's deaths were recorded in hospitals in England, while two were in Scotland and Northern Ireland posted one. Wales reported 10 new deaths - the first time this figure has risen to double figures since June. The preliminary total is calculated by adding up deaths posted by NHS England and the health boards in the three other home countries. The Department of Health will announce the true tally later today.

Health bosses in Wales are actively considering forcing visitors from hotspots around the UK to quarantine when they arrive in the country in a bid to curtail the spiralling crisis there. New restrictions in Scotland are to be announced tomorrow, with Nicola Sturgeon refusing to rule out local travel restrictions or the closure of pubs and restaurants in areas with higher rates of the virus. Tighter rules in England are also expected to be announced this week.

It came as the Office for National Statistics (ONS) - a Government-run agency - revealed that Covid-19 deaths had jumped by 55 per cent in a week. The virus was mentioned on 215 death certificates in the week that ended September 25, up from 139 deaths recorded the previous week and more than double the 99 posted a fortnight ago. Although clearly trending the wrong way, Covid-19 deaths only accounted for 2 per cent of the 9,600-plus deaths registered in the week ending September 25 in England and Wales.

Just two of the 215 victims were under the age of 50, once again highlighting how the virus disproportionately preys on older people. Registered deaths involving Covid-19 increased in every region of England, except the East Midlands, where the weekly total fell from 14 to 11. Deaths were highest in the North West (60).

Despite fatalities rising across the board, weekly deaths are still a fraction of what they were during the darkest days of the crisis, when there were 8,800 victims a week. And flu and pneumonia are still killing more than five times the amount of people as Covid-19, with 1,172 people passing from the respiratory illnesses in the last seven days. 

Meanwhile, there are still 750 more people dying in their houses than medics would expect at this time of year, highlighting the negative knock-on effect the pandemic is having on the nation's health. 

Experts say many people are still too scared to use the NHS for fear of catching Covid-19, while others don't want to be a burden on the health service. Hospitals are still scrambling to get services back up and running and cut down record waiting lists after months of operating at a fraction of their capacity.

The UK has recorded another 63 coronavirus deaths in the preliminary count. Fifty of today's deaths were recorded in hospitals in England, while two were in Scotland and Northern Ireland posted one. Wales reported 10 new deaths - the first time this figure has risen to double figures since June

The UK has recorded another 63 coronavirus deaths in the preliminary count. Fifty of today's deaths were recorded in hospitals in England, while two were in Scotland and Northern Ireland posted one. Wales reported 10 new deaths - the first time this figure has risen to double figures since June

The number of coronavirus deaths in England and Wales has spiked for the third week in a row, official figures show

The number of coronavirus deaths in England and Wales has spiked for the third week in a row, official figures show

Despite fatalities rising across the board, weekly deaths are still a fraction of what they was during the darkest days of the crisis, when there were 8,800 victims a week

Despite fatalities rising across the board, weekly deaths are still a fraction of what they was during the darkest days of the crisis, when there were 8,800 victims a week

Registered deaths involving Covid-19 increased in every region of England, except the East Midlands, where the weekly total fell from 14 to 11

Registered deaths involving Covid-19 increased in every region of England, except the East Midlands, where the weekly total fell from 14 to 11

There are still 750 more people dying in their houses than medics would expect at this time of year, highlighting the negative knock-on effect the pandemic is having on the nation's health

There are still 750 more people dying in their houses than medics would expect at this time of year, highlighting the negative knock-on effect the pandemic is having on the nation's health

More than 58,000 virus-related deaths have now been registered in the UK, according to data from the statistics agencies in each of the home nations. Up until September 25, 52,943 people had died with Covid-19 in England and Wales, the ONS said.

Data published

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