/UK coronavirus hospital death toll rises to 28,285 after 244 more fatalities

UK coronavirus hospital death toll rises to 28,285 after 244 more fatalities

The UK’s coronavirus hospital death toll has increased by 244 to 28,285 – one of the lowest daily increases since late March.

England reported 181 new deaths, Scotland had 41, Wales recorded 18 and Northern Ireland had four.

The daily increase of 244 is down slightly from 256 on Friday.

However, the true death toll – including fatalities in places such as care homes and private homes – is more than 41,500, the highest in Europe and second highest in the world behind only the US, according to the latest available data.

In England, the latest victims were aged between 39 and 98 years old, and seven had no known underlying health condition.

This is the first weekend since Covid-19 lockdowns in England and Wales were partially eased, and the latest death figures came as people living in or near beauty spots urged day-trippers to stay away.

The Peak District National Park urged the public not to visit as its car parks filled up.

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NHS England has announced 181 new deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 24,527.

Of the 181 new deaths announced today:

– 39 occurred on May 15

– 89 occurred on May 14

– 22 occurred on May 13

The figures also show 23 of the new deaths took place between May 3 and May 12, while the remaining eight deaths occurred in April with the earliest death on April 4.

The latest deaths in England occurred in:

– Midlands: 48

– North East and Yorkshire: 32

– North West: 29

– East: 24

– London: 21

– South East: 20

– South West – 7

 NHS England releases updated figures each day showing the dates of every coronavirus-related death in hospitals in England, often including previously uncounted deaths that took place several days or even weeks ago.

This is because of the time it takes for deaths to be confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19, for post-mortem examinations to be processed and for data from the tests to be validated.

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The figures published today 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 889.

A total of 2,094 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus, up by 41 from 2,053 on Friday, according to latest Scottish Government statistics.

In total 14,447 have tested positive for the virus, up 187 from 14,260 the day before, figures published on Saturday showed.

There are 59 patients with confirmed or suspected Covid-19 in intensive care, down from 71 on Friday, with 49 of those having tested positive.

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There are 1,416 people in hospital with confirmed or suspected Covid-19, a decrease of 33.

A further 18 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus in Wales taking the total number of hospital deaths there to 1,191.

Public Health Wales said a further 183 people had tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 12,142.

Spokesman Dr Chris Williams said: “Public Health Wales welcomes the announcement yesterday by the First Minister of the traffic light road map which sets out how Wales could exit the coronavirus lockdown.

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“In conjunction with the Welsh Government’s ‘Test, Trace, Protect’ strategy published earlier in the week, Public Health Wales will continue to work in partnership with our communities, the Welsh Government, the wider NHS and local government in Wales to focus on protecting the health of the people of Wales as we support the implementation of the strategy.”

The number of people who have died after being tested positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland has risen to 473 after a further four deaths were reported by the Department of Health.

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Another 40 positive cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in the region, taking the total since the outbreak began to 4,357.

The number of deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK has now passed 41,500, according to the latest available data.

Figures published on Friday by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency showed that 599 deaths involving Covid-19 had occurred in Northern Ireland up to May 8 (and had been registered up to May 13).

On Wednesday figures from the National Records of Scotland showed that 3,213 deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered in Scotland up to May 10, while on Tuesday the Office for National Statistics published figures that showed 35,044 deaths involving Covid-19 had occurred in England and Wales up to May 1 (and had been registered up to May 9).

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Together these figures mean that so far 38,856 deaths have been registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, including suspected cases.

A further 2,676 hospital patients in England who had tested positive for Covid-19 died between May 2 and May 15, according to figures published on Saturday by NHS England – which, together with the total figure of 38,856 registered deaths, indicates the overall death toll for the UK has now passed 41,500.

Just days after the lockdowns in England and Wales were partially eased, police set up checkpoints and continued to monitor parks and beaches to makes sure people were complying with social distancing requirements.

Police were stopping cars on the A23 in Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, to remind people of the lockdown rules and catch people who were breaking them.

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As day-trippers were urged to stay away, the Peak District National Park said the Langsett area was “extremely busy” on Saturday morning, making social distancing difficult.

On Twitter, park bosses wrote: “Please don’t travel to the area or park outside of designated bays.”

The park had earlier said despite national guidance changing, people could help give the area “crucial breathing space to recover by staying local”.

In a statement issued earlier this week, Richard Leafe, the Lake District National Park Authority’s chief executive, urge visitors “not to rush back” to the region to avoid putting pressure on the community and mountain rescue teams.

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Visit Weston-super-Mare, which has changed its promotional slogan to “don’t visit Weston-super-Mare” on social media, is still asking people not to visit the seaside town in Somerset.

In Brighton the local council is asking people to “stay away” from its seafront.

The Yorkshire Dales introduced a traffic light system to let visitors know how busy its car parks are in 10 different locations.

By Saturday afternoon, its Malham car park, which has 140 spaces, was marked red to indicate it was full, while other locations were marked amber to show they were filling up fast.

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Since Wednesday, a slight relaxation of restrictions in England means people are no longer limited to one opportunity to exercise outdoors each day.

They can also drive to beaches and countryside beauty spots in England, alone or with members of the same household, and can picnic, sunbathe and relax in public spaces.

But despite the new freedoms, police forces, tourist boards and park authorities across the country urge caution.

Authorities in Wales have been reminding the public that lockdown measures are different there and people should avoid all non-essential travel.

Meanwhile, teaching unions have said they are willing to work with the Government to begin re-opening schools in England as long as it can be done safely without risking a renewed coronavirus outbreak.

Patrick Roach, general secretary of the NASUWT union, said members supported schools re-opening provided they could be made “Covid secure” and it would not put public health at risk.

Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, has called on the two sides to “stop squabbling” and agree on a plan for a phased re-opening of primary schools from June 1.

 She said she was in “despair” at the increasingly entrenched positions being taken by the two sides, in which the interests of children were being ignored.

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The teaching unions held talks on Friday with Government scientific advisers amid concerns that Boris Johnson was moving too quickly to ease the lockdown restrictions in England.

The meeting, however, was inconclusive with unions complaining that it raised more questions than answers.

Mr Roach told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We want schools to be re-opened, we want children to be safe and we want staff to be safe.

“It is not a zero sum game here.

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“It is about ensuring that we get back to a place where we can return to some form of normality.”

Ms Longfield said that until a vaccine was found, there would have to be a managed approach to risk.

“My worry within all that is that the needs of children and the best interests of children are disappearing from view,” she told the Today programme.

“There are really strong reasons why children need to get back into school. It is really imperative to see the can-do willingness to work together that we have seen in other parts of society.

“None of us want to put children, or indeed staff or parents, into any kind of situation that is unsafe. But until we get a vaccine we are going to have to be managing risk.”

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