/UK coronavirus death toll soars past 20,000 as 781 more die in hospitals

UK coronavirus death toll soars past 20,000 as 781 more die in hospitals

The UK’s coronavirus death toll in hospitals has passed 20,000 after a rise of 797.

The latest figures from England, Wales and Scotland bring the number of lives lost to the disease to 20,303.

NHS England confirmed 711 deaths, with the youngest being a 34-year-old with no known underlying health conditions.

Not all the deaths announced today happened in the last 24 hours – with 105 on Friday, 236 on Thursday and 66 on Wednesday.

A further 235 occurred since the start of the month, while 69 were in March.

A further 23 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus in Wales, taking the total number of deaths there to 774.

There were 47 new deaths in Scotland and 16 in Northern Ireland.

Yesterday the UK’s death toll stood at 19,506.

The tragic figure comes less than a month after NHS England medical director Stephen Powis said he was optimistic deaths could be kept below 20,000.

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The government has pledged to increasing testing to 100,000 per day
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The number only includes those who have died in hospitals, with the true number of victims known to be much higher.

Experts fear that up to 7,500 people could have died in the UK’s care homes alone.

NHS England has revealed the regions where the latest 711 deaths occured.

They were:

  • East of England – 88
  • London – 116
  • Midlands – 145
  • North East & Yorkshire – 117
  • North West – 138
  • South East – 86
  • South West – 21

Britain is at risk of becoming the heaviest-hit European country as the death toll continues to rise.

Spain recorded its 20,000th Covid-19-related death last Saturday, 11 weeks after the first case was diagnosed.

A nurse carries out a coronavirus test at a drive-through testing centre
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And Italy reached the heartbreaking landmark on April 13, and more than 5,000 people have died since then, bringing the death toll to 25,969.

Britain recorded its first Covid-19 case on January 31.

Earlier today coronavirus tests ran out for a second day in a row in England, Wales and Northern Ireland as the government faces pressure to raise its capacity.

Brits have been told the lockdown cannot be lifted until the death rate and infection numbers fall
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Essential workers with symptoms hoping to find out if they had the deadly bug faced disappointment this morning as home tests ran out by 8.30am – and drive-through appointments were unavailable soon after.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has pledged that 100,000 tests will be carried out by the end of the month – with increased testing necessary to prevent the killer virus from spreading.

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