Lowest weekday increase in daily deaths has been announced after 616 more patients have died in UK hospitals
According to the Department of Health there have been a further 616 coronavirus-related deaths in UK hospitals in the last 24 hours, takin the total number of COVID-19 patients to have died in UK hospitals to 18,738.
103 healthcare workers are now believed to have died from coronavirus. 53 were men, 49 women.
For each nation within the United Kingdom, according to the different health authorities of each country, the number of reported deaths in hospitals now totals at:
- England – 16,786
- Scotland – 1,120
- Wales – 641
The figures for Northern Ireland are yet to have been released.
This means over the last 24 hours, we have seen the lowest weekday increase in the last three weeks, since the 2nd of April.
Earlier, NHS England announced a further 514 deaths of those who had tested positive for COVID-19.
NHS England said those who died were aged between 31 and 100 years old and that 16 of those patients, who were aged between 37 and 92 years old ; had no known underlying health conditions.
Officials in Wales said a further 17 people had died in the nation, while First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that 58 more people had died in the country after testing positive for COVID-19.
This news comes after Nicola Sturgeon announced her plans for bringing Scotland out of lockdown.
The Frist Minister of the country saying:
“WE MIGHT HAVE KIDS GOING BACK TO SCHOOL FOR CERTAIN DAYS A WEEK.
Sturgeon has stressed that social distancing measures will possibly still be in place in some form by 2021, but has however outlined the potential that some schools and businesses may be allowed to reopen prior to that.
Yesterday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs the UK is “at the peak” of the coronavirus outbreak.
At today’s daily coronavirus press breifing, Hancock confirmed that 583,496 tests have now been carried out – including 23,560 tests yesterday. 138,078 people have tested positive – an increase of 4,583 cases since yesterday.
He went on to say that the daily deaths figure is “lower than it has been in previous days” each person “will not be forgotten and their stories will live on”.
He also thanked the UK public for their “steadfast commitment” in following the current lockdown measures in place across the country.