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UK coronavirus deaths rise by 293 as Saturday numbers continue to fall

A further 257 hospital patients have died in England

Hospital deaths related to Covid-19 have increased by 293, latest figures show.

But the statistics also show that a week-on-week Saturday decline continues across the UK.

A further 257 patients have died in England, 18 in Scotland, 16 in Wales and two in Northern Ireland.

The daily figure is lower by 62 than the number of people who died in hospital a week ago, which totalled 355, and lower by 220 than the Saturday before - 513 on February 13, the Mirror has reported.

The figures reveal a huge drop from a Saturday around a month ago, when 825 people died on January 23.

Hospital deaths rose by 352 yesterday, according to official numbers.

A further 8,523 coronavirus cases were reported in Britain yesterday, taking the total to 4,163,085.

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The full death tally across all settings - including care homes and the wider community - will be released later today

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, the deputy chief medical officer for England, yesterday told the public "don't wreck it now" in a stark message urging for discipline at a Downing Street press briefing.

He said: "In some parts of the UK, case rates are changing, albeit slowly, but in the wrong direction.

"This is not a good sign, and reinforces the fact that, I'm afraid, this battle at the moment is not won."

"Please don't be tempted to think well, one home visit might be all right now, weather's getting better, going to be a nice weekend.

"One small gathering in your house won't really matter. I'm afraid it does.

"There are some worry signs that people are relaxing, taking their foot off the brake at exactly the wrong time.

"It's a bit like being 3-0 up in a game and thinking 'we can't possibly lose'. But how many times have you seen the other side take it 4-3?"

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