Scotland and Northern Ireland both record NO new coronavirus deaths in 24 hours

SCOTLAND and Northern Ireland have today reported no new coronavirus deaths.

A total of 2,415 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for Covid-19, no change on Saturday's figure – the first time the total has remained the same since March 20.

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The Scottish Government figures also show that 15,621 people have tested positive for Covid-19, an increase of just 18.

Of those who tested positive, 646 were in hospital on Saturday evening, 16 of whom were in intensive care, while nine others were in intensive care with suspected Covid-19.

In Northern Ireland, no new deaths from coronavirus have been reported, leaving the total recorded by the Department of Health at 537.

There have been another six confirmed cases of Covid-19, bringing the total recorded since the outbreak began to 4,796.

Department of Health bosses have yet to announce the final tally for the whole of the UK.

Across Britain, 204 deaths were logged yesterday – the lowest death rate recorded on a Saturday since lockdown began.

That figure was the lowest death rate recorded on a Saturday for the last 11 weeks -although last Saturday's figure was similar (226).

The UK currently has the second highest official coronavirus death toll in the world after the US – where 109,143 people have died from the bug.

According to the John Hopkins University, the UK is followed by Brazil (34,021), Italy (33,774) and France (29,114).

It is however difficult to draw direct comparisons between countries where population sizes vary and countries record Covid-19 data in different ways.

It comes as new research shows the crucial R rate has risen back above one in some parts of England.

The Government has stressed throughout the pandemic that the R rate must remain below one in order to avoid a second peak of the virus.

If it rises above this level, the disease can spread exponentially, infecting more and more people.

Matt Hancock has raised the prospect of localised lockdowns in some parts of the UK, with places like the North West and South West of England more infected than others.

New research by Public Health England and Cambridge University suggests the reproduction rate is 1.01 in the North West and 1.0 in the South West.

There is also evidence to suggest the value has risen in all regions, saying it was probably due to increasing mobility and mixing between households in public and work settings.

In a bid to halt the spread, the Government announced this week that wearing face masks on public transport would be made mandatory from June 15.

Passengers without a face covering will not be allowed to board or told to get off at the next stop.

Matt Hancock has also now said the rule will apply to hospital staff and patients – although some NHS bosses have complained they were given little warning.



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