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The UK coronavirus hospital death toll has increased by 250 ahead of the announcement of Boris Johnson's 'Covid winter plan'.

Today's death toll is the highest Sunday increase since May 3, when 358 deaths were recorded.

In England, the number of new coronavirus hospital deaths was 222,  Scotland recorded seven fatalities, Wales had 11 more deaths and Northern Ireland said 10 more people died in hospital.

Last Sunday the hospital death toll rose by 168.

The previous Sunday, November 8, another 161 patients died, and the Sunday before that, November 1, there were 137 deaths.

Yesterday the number of UK coronavirus hospital deaths rose by 391 in the highest Saturday increase since May.

In England's hospitals a further 316 died of coronavirus, Scotland recorded another 37 deaths, in Wales the death toll rose by 28, and in Northern Ireland a further 10 deaths were sadly recorded.

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Scotland has recorded seven deaths from coronavirus and 844 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 3,503.

The daily test positivity rate is 5.4%, down from 5.9% on the previous day.

A total of 88,361 people have now tested positive in Scotland, up from 87,517.

Of the new cases, 309 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 181 in Lanarkshire, and 119 in Lothian.

There are 1,170 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, down by 23 in 24 hours.

Of these patients, 95 are in intensive care, down by five.

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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 933.

There were also another 342 confirmed cases of the virus recorded in the last 24-hour reporting period.

A total of 49,784 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Northern Ireland since the pandemic began.

The latest figures come as Boris Johnson is expected to make a Commons statement to announce his "Covid Winter Plan" on Monday.

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Mr Johnson is expected to announce that the lockdown in England will end on December 2.

Once it ends, England will be placed under a three-tier system of regional restrictions – similar to the one which was in place before the lockdown, but with stricter measures.

A spokesman said: "It will also set out how people will be able to see their loved ones at Christmas, despite ministers being clear this will not be a normal festive period."

Statistician Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter earlier said that if the country gets through winter with the same deaths as a bad flu season then it will have done well.

He told Times Radio on Sunday that it was only due to restrictive measures that even this – with potentially tens of thousands of deaths – was possible.

Sir David, statistician and chair of the Winton Centre for risk and evidence communication at the University of Cambridge, added: "It's going to be a bad year [2021], there are going to be tens of thousands of Covid deaths over the winter and there's very little we can do about that.

"It might very well look like overall a bad flu season, particularly as there's likely to be very little flu.

"There will be people who will say 'why did we have all this fuss when it's only like a bad flu season?'.

"Do not listen to them, this is real misinformation, it's only going to be like that because of the measures that have been taken.

"If we can get away with that, something that looks like a bad flu year, then we will have done very well."