Another 44 people have died of coronavirus in UK hospitals, NHS England has revealed.

The total number of people to die after testing positive for COVID-19 in the UK is now 44,175, according to health officials.  

The patients were aged between 45 and 99 years old and all had known underlying health conditions.

It comes the same day thousands of pubs and restaurants across the country opened their doors to customers for the first time since lockdown began on March 23.  

Yesterday Number 10’s scientific advisers revealed the R rate — the average number of people each Covid-19 patient infects — is still between 0.7 and 0.9 as a whole for the UK. 

It comes the same day thousands of pubs and restaurants across the country opened their doors to customers for the first time since lockdown began on March 23. Pictured, a crowd outside The Market Porter Pub in Borough Market, London, today

It comes the same day thousands of pubs and restaurants across the country opened their doors to customers for the first time since lockdown began on March 23. Pictured, a crowd outside The Market Porter Pub in Borough Market, London, today

It comes the same day thousands of pubs and restaurants across the country opened their doors to customers for the first time since lockdown began on March 23. Pictured, a crowd outside The Market Porter Pub in Borough Market, London, today

But SAGE admitted it could be as high as 1.1 in London, and 1 in the Midlands, the North East and Yorkshire, the South East and the South West.

Separate data released by the government panel also claimed the UK’s current growth rate — how the number of new cases is changing day-by-day — may be 0 per cent, meaning it has stagnated. 

Coronavirus outbreaks could even be growing in London and the South West by two per cent each day.  

Britain yesterday recorded 137 more Covid-19 deaths. Official data also shows Britain’s daily number of fatalities have not fallen as quickly in July as they did last month. 

Analysis shows the rolling average of daily deaths now stands at 103 — the fewest since the end of March, when the UK’s crisis spiralled out of control. 

The newly married Mr and Mrs Bone, Lucy and James, after their wedding at St Michael and all Angels Church in Ingram, Northumberland, as weddings are once again permitted to take place in England, with ceremonies capped at a maximum of 30 guests

The newly married Mr and Mrs Bone, Lucy and James, after their wedding at St Michael and all Angels Church in Ingram, Northumberland, as weddings are once again permitted to take place in England, with ceremonies capped at a maximum of 30 guests

The newly married Mr and Mrs Bone, Lucy and James, after their wedding at St Michael and all Angels Church in Ingram, Northumberland, as weddings are once again permitted to take place in England, with ceremonies capped at a maximum of 30 guests

The total number of people to die after testing positive for COVID-19 is now 28,872, health officials said (file image)

The total number of people to die after testing positive for COVID-19 is now 28,872, health officials said (file image)

The total number of people to die after testing positive for COVID-19 is now 28,872, health officials said (file image)

But it has only dropped 15 per cent since last Friday, when 186 new fatalities were recorded. Death rates were dropping by up to 30 per cent week-on-week through mid-June. 

Department of Health figures released yesterday also show only 544 new cases were diagnosed, the smallest 24-hour jump since March 17 — a week before ministers first imposed the lockdown. 

But other estimates suggest the number of actual cases has plateaued at around 3,500 per day for three weeks. 

Number 10's scientific advisers today revealed the R rate — the average number of people each Covid-19 patient infects — is still between 0.7 and 0.9 as a whole for the UK

Number 10's scientific advisers today revealed the R rate — the average number of people each Covid-19 patient infects — is still between 0.7 and 0.9 as a whole for the UK

Number 10’s scientific advisers today revealed the R rate — the average number of people each Covid-19 patient infects — is still between 0.7 and 0.9 as a whole for the UK

A group of mates give a toast with their pints at the Shakespeare's Head pub in Holborn, central London, as it reopened today

A group of mates give a toast with their pints at the Shakespeare's Head pub in Holborn, central London, as it reopened today

A group of mates give a toast with their pints at the Shakespeare’s Head pub in Holborn, central London, as it reopened today

Customers queue outside the Fat Cat Brewery Tap pub in Norwich on Saturday afternoon

Customers queue outside the Fat Cat Brewery Tap pub in Norwich on Saturday afternoon

Customers queue outside the Fat Cat Brewery Tap pub in Norwich on Saturday afternoon

This morning pubs in England were allowed to open from 6am, with police and the NHS bracing themselves for fall-outs as people continue to drink into the night to shake off nearly four months in lockdown.

Pub-goers are set to sink a staggering 15million pints at 23,000 establishments across the country, experts predicted.

They will be hit with hiked prices for beer, wine, cider and spirits as pubs including Wetherspoons desperately try to make up for lost business.  

With the new coronavirus rules not published until Friday afternoon, some landlords had planned to open as soon as the clock ticked past midnight. But Downing Street scotched the swift openings by ensuring the ban remained in place until after sunrise.

Meanwhile, Department of Health figures released of Thursday showed 205,673 tests were carried out or posted the day before. The number includes antibody tests for frontline NHS and care workers.

But bosses again refused to say how many people were tested, meaning the exact number of Brits who have been swabbed for the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been a mystery for a month — since May 22.

Health chiefs also reported 544 more cases of Covid-19, marking the smallest daily jump in new infections since a week before lockdown was imposed. Only 407 cases were confirmed on March 17. 

Government statistics show the official size of the UK’s outbreak now stands at 284,276 cases. But the actual size of the outbreak is estimated to be in the millions, based on antibody testing data.

Officials revised the actual number of confirmed cases Thursday to take 30,000 duplicates they stumbled across through ‘methodological improvements and a revision to historical data’. 

But the actual number of confirmed coronavirus cases is much lower than the estimated daily infections made by the ONS, mainly because not everyone who catches the virus shows any symptoms and opts for a test.  

ONS data suggested 25,000 people across the country currently have Covid-19, or one in 2,200 people (0.04 per cent of the population) — a huge drop on the 51,000 active cases the week before.

But the same data showed the virus is spreading at a slightly quicker rate, with an estimated 25,000 new cases in the week ending June 27 — up from the 22,000 infections occurring in the community the week before.

ONS statisticians, who made their projection based on swab testing of 25,000 people picked at random, warned the speed at which the outbreak is declining has ‘levelled off’. 

They added: ‘At this point, we do not have evidence that the current trend is anything other than flat.’

The daily death data given by the Department of Health does not represent how many Covid-19 patients died within the last 24 hours — it is only how many fatalities have been reported and registered with the authorities.

More to follow. 

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