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Coronavirus UK death toll rises by 16 for second day in a row as total hits 41,465

THE UK’s coronavirus death toll rose by 16 today, with another 1,048 people testing positive for the deadly bug.

It means the total number of Covid-19 deaths recorded in Britain has now hit 41,465, with 328,846 positive tests.

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In England, nine people aged between 39 and 84 have died in hospital.

All had underlying health conditions.

Five of the deaths happened in the north west, with none recorded in the past 24 hours in either the south east or south west.

Two more people have died in Scotland, while one person lost their lives in Wales.

Figures for Ireland are not yet available.

It comes after 16 more fatalities were recorded yesterday.

Deaths had been in single figures on Sunday and Monday – with six and four – but the death toll has fluctuated in figures below 20 every day throughout August.

The death tolls on Sundays and Mondays are also usually lower than average due to a lag in reporting over weekends.

Experts have said that the rise in cases, but not deaths, is likely down to an increase in testing being carried out across the UK.

It comes as parents in England prepare to send their kids back to class next week after months away from school.

Boris Johnson has made a series of pleas to mums and dads concerned about sending youngsters back – and today said the biggest threat to children is a missed education, and not coronavirus.

The Prime Minister said there is nothing more “invaluable” than children being back behind desks and learning face to face again.

It comes after the Government last night changed tack on face masks, telling schools in lockdown areas that older kids would have to wear them in corridors and other communal areas to stop the spread of the bug.

And there are fears deadly asthma attacks could spike to “unprecedented levels” when kids return to class.

Campaigners say that the disruption to basic asthma care as a knock-on result of the Covid-19 pandemic could leave thousands of children at risk.

Meanwhile, holidaymakers have been reminded they must complete an online track or trace form before they return to the UK – or face fine and delays coming back into the country.

And Spanish officials have called in the army to help deal with a resurgence of the bug as the country recorded 81,000 infections in just a fortnight.

Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez warned the pandemic could “take control of our lives” again should the surge in cases continue into the autumn.

As cases spike in Europe, experts say much of England has seen zero coronavirus cases for a month – and questioned the need for the threat of a second national lockdown.

But strict new rules continue to be rolled out – such as £10,000 fines for people who organise illegal parties – and powers have been handed out to carry out local lockdowns.

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