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Coronavirus cases rise again as UK reports 81 more deaths

Written by on 10 October 2020

The UK has reported another 15,166 coronavirus cases and a further 81 deaths in the latest daily update.

It marks a rise of 1,302 cases on Friday’s daily figures – when 87 deaths were reported – and means the UK has now recorded 42,760 coronavirus-related deaths.

Earlier, NHS England reported that 60 people with COVID-19 had died in hospitals in the space of 24 hours, bringing the total confirmed deaths reported in hospitals in England to 30,439.

These patients were aged between 41 and 93 years old. All but five of them had known underlying health conditions. The five were aged between 72 and 86.

The deaths occurred between 30 March and 9 October, although most were on or after 7 October.

Government warned it can’t lock down the North ‘on the cheap’

Wales has reported a further 627 cases and another 21 coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total number of people who have died with the virus since the start of the pandemic to 1,667.

Public Health Wales said the large increase was the result of a delay in adding 17 deaths from the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board area, which covers Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf, between 3-7 October.

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It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to outline a new three-tiered system of measures to MPs on Monday with plans expected to include the closure of pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues in England.

But leaders from Greater Manchester, Tyneside, Sheffield and Liverpool have called for more cash to support areas placed under tougher restrictions, warning ministers they cannot lockdown the North “on the cheap”.

They said an expansion of the UK-wide Job Support Scheme, announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Friday, does not go far enough.

Expansion of Job Support Scheme is pre-empting winter of local lockdowns

Expansion of Job Support Scheme is pre-empting winter of local lockdowns

Under the scheme, workers at businesses forced to close because of stricter lockdown measures will have two-thirds of their salaries paid by the government.

But Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said that accepting the chancellor’s financial package would be to “surrender our residents to hardship in the run up to Christmas and our businesses to potential failure or collapse”.

“We are not prepared to do that,” he said, during a joint news conference with Jamie Driscoll, mayor of North Tyne, Dan Jarvis, mayor of the Sheffield City region, Steve Rotherham, mayor of the Liverpool City region and Sir Richard Leese, the leader of Manchester City Council.