19 Oct 2021

Covid: UK records highest number of daily deaths since March

Health and Social Care Editor

There has been another worrying rise in the number of cases and deaths from Covid.

The latest 24-hour government figures show there have been another 43,738 new cases in the UK. Another 223 people are reported to have died with Covid – the highest daily number since March. The total number of deaths within 28 days of a positive test is now 138,852 since the start of the pandemic.

Today, the new head of the NHS has been speaking to ministers about the winter ahead.