Coronavirus 29 April 2020 Covid-19 daily report: Death rate rises, but trend still points downwards Sign UpGet the New Statesman\'s Morning Call email. Sign-up The rate of new deaths from Covid-19 rose in the US, Italy and the UK yesterday, but all three countries now appear to be on a downward trend overall. The US recorded 2,096 new virus-related deaths, more than one in three of the 5,986 deaths seen worldwide and up from 1,378 the day before. Some of that increase may be due to slower reporting after the weekend, and the US daily deaths figure was still lower than at the end of last week. Hospital deaths in the UK were up from 363 on 27 April to 588 on 28 April. Again, that is most likely to represent a lag in reporting rather than a new wave of deaths, since the numbers are still down on the same days last week. Recorded deaths in Italy rose from 333 on 27 April to 382 on 28 April. The US and four countries in Europe – Italy, Spain, France and the UK – account for nearly three quarters of the 217,153 reported Covid-19 deaths worldwide since the start of the outbreak. › Three quarters of small businesses have used UK government furlough scheme, BCC says David Ottewell is head of data journalism at New Statesman Media Group. Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!