/UK coronavirus death toll passes 30,000 as government confirms 649 new deaths

UK coronavirus death toll passes 30,000 as government confirms 649 new deaths

The number of people who have died from coronavirus in the UK has risen to 30,076, Downing Street has confirmed.

Speaking at today’s briefing, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick confirmed another 649 people had lost their lives after contracting the virus.

This figure, which yesterday stood at 29,427, includes those who died in hospitals, care homes, and the wider community.

But the number of deaths involving Covid-19 that have been registered across the UK currently stands at 32,898.
This includes 29,710 deaths that had been registered in England and Wales up to May 2.

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The UK’s coronavirus death toll continues to rise
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Mr Jenrick insisted it is too early to make international comparisons after the UK’s official death toll surpassed Italy’s figure of 29,684.

“It is difficult to make international comparisons with certainty today, there will be a time for that,” he said.

“That’s a hard calculation to do with accuracy today.”

Public Health England medical director Professor Yvonne Doyle said that the number of deaths was on a downward trend.

As of 9am today, there had been 1,448,010 tests carried out in the UK, with 69,463 in the previous 24 hours, the government said – below the 100,000 a day target for the fourth day in a row.

Earlier today health authorities confirmed the death toll in the UK’s hospitals had gone up to 25,214 after 449 more fatalities were reported.

England recorded 331 new deaths, Scotland had 83, Wales reported 21 and Northern Ireland had 14.

Robert Jenrick confirmed that the UK’s death toll has passed 30,000
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Mr Jenrick set out some of the work being done to reopen the economy once the lockdown is eased.

“Every local economy now needs a plan to restart and recover,” he said at the daily Downing Street press conference.

“We will be informing these plans with our own detailed work in areas such as: how workplaces from factories to construction sites to offices can be adapted; how outdoor spaces, leisure and businesses from parks to high streets to markets can be managed; and how public transport networks from the Tube to trams to buses can operate.

The UK’s death toll has risen by 649

“In each case, guided by scientific and medical advice, we want to ensure appropriate and safe social distancing, providing the public with the confidence to return to work and to return to public spaces and public transport knowing that it is always safe to do so.”

The latest figures were announced after Prime Minister  Boris Johnson  said lockdown measures will start to be lifted on Monday “if we possibly can”, and Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned there is “no guarantee” a vaccine will be found.

The PM said he would address the nation on Sunday in which he will detail the next steps for ending the coronavirus lockdown.

The number of tests has fallen for a fourth day in a row

During PMQs, Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer again called on the government to clarify what its exit strategy was for lifting the lockdown.

The Prime Minister said the reason he is planning to update the public on Sunday, a day when the Commons is not sitting, is because “we have to be sure that the data is going to support our ability to do this.”

Figures show how the UK compares to other countries
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