Coronavirus deaths increase for second consecutive week in England and Wales

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Coronavirus deaths in England and Wales have risen to more than 100 after a two-week dip, official government figures show.

The Offices for National Statistics recorded 139 deaths in the week ending September 18 where "novel coronavirus" was mentioned in treatment.

It estimates Covid-19 accounts for 1.5% of all deaths in England and Wales during the time period mentioned.

Deaths related to the virus have risen for the second consecutive week, with the number of fatalities up 40.4% from the previous week.

The registration of some deaths were delayed due to the August bank holiday weekend, ONS said, which delayed verification until the following week.

It comes after Boris Johnson rejected calls to scrap the 10pm pub curfew, which ministers claim is not doing anything to stem the virus.

A curfew in pubs, bars and restaurants was introduced last week after coronavirus infections reached new heights.

Scientists and politicians have since questioned how effective the curfew will prove – with some fears it may be doing more harm than good.

Drunken louts have been pictured out and about wandering the streets after police and pub managers attempted to follow guidelines.

Large crowds of people were spotted on Oxford Street on day one of the restrictions freely enjoying an outside street party, which was soon split up.

In response, the government is reportedly considering a lockdown of London and parts of northern England.

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According to a leading member of the Scientific Advisory Group (Sage) group, senior advisors "never discussed" the measure with the Prime Minister.

SAGE member, Professor John Edmunds, said the 10pm curfew was "fairly trivial"

He added: "It will have a very small impact on the epidemic."

Data from John Hopkins University of Medicine claim the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus currently stand at 33,270,000 globally.

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