The coronavirus death toll in England, Scotland and Wales has gone up by 368, health authorities have announced.
It continues to rise after passing the 20,000 mark yesterday, as Brits are warned that social distancing measures will remain in place for a long time to prevent the infection spreading further.
The youngest English victim was 28, NHS England said in a statement, with the oldest casualty aged 100.
The tragic casualty number, which now stands at 20,687, includes victims who died in hospitals, but not those who died elsewhere, including in care homes.
Of these 336 were in England, 14 were in Wales and 18 in Scotland.
Northern Ireland has yet to confirm its daily death toll.
Yesterday the figure confirmed by the Department for Health and Social Care stood at 20,319.
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Last Sunday the increase was 596, and a week before that it was 737.
However speaking at the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing, Scotland Health Secretary Jeane Freeman urged caution on the latest daily death figures, stressing deaths registered at the weekend tend to be relatively low.
The figures published by NHS England show April 8 continues to have the highest number for the most hospital deaths occurring on a single day, with a current total of 857.
The number of deaths of patients with Covid-19 by region are as follows:
- East of England – 49
- London – 64
- Midlands – 57
- North East & Yorkshire – 66
- North West – 46
- South East – 43
- South West – 11
NHS England said not all the deaths occurred yesterday, with just 63 of the total on Saturday.
A further 167 happened on Friday, with 38 on Thursday.
It comes after a government adviser has warned that there could be 100,000 deaths by the end of the year if the lockdown is lifted too early.
Prof Neil Ferguson said that even allowing the young and healthy to go back to normal would be risky, stating: “If you just achieve 80 per cent shielding – and 80 per cent reduction in infection risk in those groups – we still project that you would get more than 100,000 deaths this years from that kind of strategy.
“The most vulnerable people are also the people who most need care and most need interaction with the health system and are are least able to be truly isolated.”
Stand-in Prime Minister Dominic Raab today warned that ministers would have to consider a second lockdown if Covid-19 cases rise again.
He said the country is at a “delicate and dangerous stage” of its Covid-19 response, and admitted the government had to be cautious.
Mr Raab told the Andrew Marr Show: “We will end up moving to a new normal.
“We need to take a sure-footed step forward which protects life but also preserves our way of life.
“So we are very focused on doing the homework that can allow us to do that.”