/UK coronavirus hospital death toll hits 26,550 as 200 people die in 24 hours

UK coronavirus hospital death toll hits 26,550 as 200 people die in 24 hours

Britain has recorded 205 coronavirus fatalities in the past 24 hours as the hospital death toll reached 26,550.

The recent figures represent the UK’s lowest number of daily deaths since March as the nation appears to move past the peak of the crisis.

Yesterday the hospital toll hit 26,345 after 252 more people were recorded as dying with the virus.

The official number of registered deaths involving Covid-19 now stands at 33,021 – but the real figure is feared to be much greater.

Data showed that 178 people died in England, 12 died in Wales and a further 10 people died in Scotland. Northern Ireland said it had recorded 5 deaths in its hospitals.

NHS England said that of the 178 new deaths announced today: 33 occurred on May 9, 88 occurred on May 8, while 27 occurred on May 7.

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Doctors and nurses treat a patient at Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge
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The figures also show 24 of the new deaths took place between May 1 and May 6, four took place in April, while the remaining two deaths occurred in March, with the earliest new death taking place on March 17.

April 8 continues to have the highest number for the most hospital deaths occurring on a single day, with a current total of 884.

The news comes as Boris Johnson gets ready to address the nation about the next stage of the coronavirus lockdown.

The Prime Minister is expected to set out his ‘roadmap’ with some restrictions set to be gradually eased.

The Prime Minister included the government’s new slogan ‘stay alert, control the virus, save lives’ in his tweet despite widespread criticism about its ambiguity from politicians and the public today.

Coronavirus deaths for May 10

The previous “stay home” slogan appears to have been dropped ahead of the unveiling of the government’s plans to gradually ease the lockdown over the next few months.

The Prime Minister will outline his “road map” to a new normality in his address to the nation at 7pm.

His tweet, titled ‘We can help control the virus if all STAY ALERT,’ directed the public to;

  1. Stay at home as much as possible
  2. Work from home if you can
  3. Limit contact with other people
  4. Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  5. Wash your hands regularly
  6. If you or anyone in your household has symptoms, you all need to self-isolate

He added: “Everyone has a role to play in helping to control the virus by staying alert and following the rules.

“This is how we can continue to save lives as we start to recover from coronavirus.”

A member of clinical staff wears Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) working in the Covid Recovery Ward
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The new advice is a move from previous messaging that laid out much more strict rules about staying at home and socialising with others

Earlier today a statistician said that it is “extraordinary” that it is not known how many people have had Covid-19.

Asked about the Government’s communication to the public about coronavirus through its daily televised briefings, Sir David said he watched Saturday’s, adding “frankly, I found it completely embarrassing”.

He told BBC’s Andrew Marr: “We get told lots of big numbers, precise numbers of tests being done – 96,878. Well, that’s not how many were done yesterday; it includes tests that were posted out.

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“We’re told 31,587 people have died; no, they haven’t, it’s far more than that.”

“I think this is actually not the trustworthy communication of statistics.

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