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The UK's official coronavirus death count has increased by 341 today in the smallest Saturday rise this month.

It is far lower than yesterday's 511 new deaths and also down on the 462 fatalities announced last Saturday and the 413 declared on November 7.

A further 19,875 new cases were recorded today, although there are signs infections are 'flattening' across the UK.

The R number, which measures how fast coronavirus is spreading in the UK, is now almost down to 1.

SAGE said the number across the UK is between 1.0 and 1.1, down from 1.0-1.2 last week.

That means every 10 people with Covid-19 pass the virus to 10 or 11 others on average.

The R number is now below 1 in the North West, sitting at 0.8 to 1.0, after the region was hit with tougher Tier 3 restrictions before lockdown.

The UK's coronavirus death toll continues to rise
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Because the figures come wit a time lag of up to three weeks, R may already be below 1 in England but it hasn't yet shown up on the official figure.

The increase comes after it was today announced a further 391 hospital patients had passed away from Covid-19 in the UK.

In England 316 patients have died, while Scotland recorded another 37 deaths, Wales suffered 28 and Northern Ireland had 10 fatalities.

The total number of deaths was the highest Saturday increase since May 2 when 469 deaths were reported.

Last Saturday, November 14, the death toll increased by 370. On the previous Saturday, November 7, there were 366 fatalities recorded.

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Yesterday the coronavirus death toll in the UK's hospitals increased by 401.

NHS England said 326 people had died in its hospitals including two people aged between 20 and 39.

Health authorities in Scotland said 32 people died there, while Wales recorded 31 patient deaths. Northern Ireland registered 12 fatalities yesterday.

Scotland has recorded 37 deaths from coronavirus and 887 positive tests in the past 24 hours, according to the Scottish Government.

New figures published show the death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – has risen to 3,466.

The daily test positivity rate is 5.9%, up from 4.8% on the previous day.

Some 326 new hospital deaths have been announced today
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A total of 87,247 people have now tested positive in Scotland, up from 86,630.

Of the new cases, 234 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 246 in Lanarkshire, and 140 in Lothian.

There are 1,193 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, down by 41 in 24 hours.

Of these patients, 100 are in intensive care, up by 12.

A further 10 people with Covid-19 have died in Northern Ireland, the Department of Health has said.

The death toll recorded by the department now stands at 923.

There were also another 357 confirmed cases of the virus recorded in the last 24-hour reporting period.