The death toll from the virus is the highest in four months. -Scotland

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Seven more people were admitted to intensive care overnight, the biggest daily increase since mid-January at the peak of the second wave

Scotland has seen the largest daily increase in deaths and intensive care units since the peak of the second wave as the recent surge in coronavirus cases continues to take its toll.

22 deaths were reported yesterday and 59 people in intensive care, the highest since the beginning of March. Another seven people were admitted to the intensive care unit overnight, the largest daily increase since mid-January at the height of the second wave.

The estimate for the number of positive tests – 741,700 – is roughly one in 75 people, up from one in 95 the previous week, and is the highest number in the week ended January 30. Meanwhile, in Scotland, it is estimated that around one in 80 people had Covid19 in the week leading up to July 17, compared to one in 90 the previous week and the highest since the ONS began recording last October.

For Wales, the latest estimate is one in 210 people, up from 360 the week before and the highest in the week ended February 19. Northern Ireland, the latest estimate is one in 170 people versus one in 290 and the highest in the week ended February 12.ONS data is based on 529,983 tests collected across the UK over the past six weeks and includes people with no symptoms.

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