/UK coronavirus hospital deaths up 142 in lowest Tuesday increase since lockdown

UK coronavirus hospital deaths up 142 in lowest Tuesday increase since lockdown

The UK’s coronavirus hospital death toll has increased to 29,440 after 142 more deaths were reported in 24 hours – the lowest daily rise on a Tuesday since pre-lockdown times.

Northern Ireland reported no new deaths for the first time since March 18, almost 10 weeks ago.

England recorded 116 new deaths, Scotland had 18, Wales reported eight, although there is generally a lag in reporting following weekends and bank holidays.

The daily increase of 142 is down considerably from recent Tuesday totals of 227 on May 19, 425 on May 12, 453 on May 5, 653 on April 28 and 873 on April 21.

The Department of Health reported 149 deaths on March 24, the first day of the lockdown, and 16 on March 17 as the scale of the crisis started to become clear and the country shifted towards a shutdown.

The Government’s official death toll now stands at 37,048 as of 5pm on Monday.

However, the UK’s true toll is now just over 47,300 – more than 10,000 higher than the official count – according to the latest available data based on death certificates.

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With temperatures rising above 25C in parts of the UK this week, people have been reminded to practise social distancing as beaches and beauty spots become crowded.

The NHS reported 116 new deaths in England’s hospitals on Tuesday, bringing the country’s total to 25,867.

Of the 116 new deaths announced on Tuesday:

– 23 occurred on May 25

– 40 occurred on May 24

– 25 occurred on May 23

The figures also show 23 of the new deaths took place between May 3 and May 22, while the remaining five took place in April with the earliest on April 8.

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.

The figures published on Tuesday by NHS England show April 8 continues to have the highest number for the most hospital deaths on a single day, with a current total of 893.

A total of 2,291 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus, up by 18 from 2,273 on Monday, Nicola Sturgeon said.

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People practise social distancing on the beach at Botany Bay in Kent
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The First Minister said 15,185 people have tested positive for the virus in Scotland, up by 29 from 15,156 the day before.

There are 1,200 people in hospital with confirmed or suspected Covid-19, a decrease of 69.

Of these, 36 were in intensive care, a fall of four.

Scotland’s new Test and Protect contact-tracing scheme comes into effect from Thursday, the day before Scotland could start to lift some of its lockdown restrictions.

Wales’ death toll increased by eight to 1,282. Northern Ireland reported no new deaths and its toll remained at 514.

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Meanwhile, the UK’s true coronavirus death toll has climbed above 47,300.

New figures from the Office for National Statistics show that 42,173 deaths involving Covid-19 occurred in England and Wales up to May 15 and had been registered up to May 23.

The latest figures from the National Records of Scotland, published last week, showed 3,546 deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered in Scotland up to May 17.

And the latest figures from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, also published last week, showed 664 deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered in Northern Ireland up to May 20.

Together, these figures mean that so far 46,383 deaths have been registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, including suspected cases.

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A further 964 hospital patients in England who had tested positive for Covid-19 died between May 16 and May 24, according to figures published on Monday by NHS England – which, together with the total figure of 46,383 registered deaths, indicates the overall death toll for the UK is now just over 47,300.

The number of excess deaths in the UK since the coronavirus outbreak began is nearly 60,000.

The ONS said he number of Covid-19 deaths reached its lowest weekly level for six weeks in May, new figures show.

There were 4,210 deaths involving Covid-19 registered in the week ending May 15, according to the most recent data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

It is the lowest weekly total since the week ending April 3, when 3,801 Covid-19-related deaths were registered.

In other developments, a growing number of Conservative MPs have voiced their frustration over Dominic Cummings after he said that he had “no regrets” about his lockdown trip to Durham.

Douglas Ross, the parliamentary under-secretary of state for Scotland, quit the Government, saying that he could not “in good faith” defend Mr Cummings’ actions.

It follows criticism from a string of Tory MPs, including veteran Sir Roger Gale who said that the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee should make it clear to Boris Johnson that Dominic Cummings should go.

The Government has unveiled its full list of retailers that can reopen under new guidelines, with fashion stores, betting shops and charity stores all allowed to welcome back customers from June 15.

Shoppers will be required to follow a number of rules similar to those in place at supermarkets.

Britons have been reminded to practise social distancing during the warm weather
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Stores will have customers limits and one-way systems, fitting rooms will be closed and shoppers will be told not to pick up items as they browse.

The full list that can be open from June 15, although some are already allowed to be open, includes:

– Food retailers

– Chemists

– Hardware/homeware stores

– Fashion shops

– Charity shops

– Betting shops and arcades

– Tailors, dress fitters and fashion designers

– Car dealerships

– Auction houses

– Antique stores

– Retail art galleries

– Photography studios

– Gift shops and retail spaces in theatres, museums, libraries, heritage sites and tourism sites

– Mobile phone stores

– Indoor and outdoor markets

– Craft fairs

– Similar types of retail

It is claimed barbecues and garden parties for up to 10 people will be allowed from next month as the Government continues to ease lockdown restrictions.

Some NHS patients admitted to hospital with Covid-19 are to be given access to the Ebola drug remdesivir, which has been shown to shorten recovery time.

Doctors will now be able to prescribe the drug to adults and adolescents who have severe Covid-19 infection where there is a likelihood it will benefit them.

An ongoing global clinical trial has found that remdesivir cut the length of time people suffered symptoms from 15 days to 11.

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