There have been another 494 coronavirus-related deaths in the UK in the last 24 hours, with the total in the country rising to 33,186 fatalities
According to the Department of Health, a total of 33,186 have now died from COVID-19 in the UK, with 229,705 people having tested positive for contracting the coronavirus across Britain, up by a further 3,242 cases from yesterday.
Today’s rise in fatalities as a result of COVID-19 is smaller than the number of deaths recorded yesterday when 627 more people reportedly died from the illness.
This recent rise in cases is most likely due to a lag in reporting over the weekend, with daily death figures only beginning to catch up yesterday.
However, today’s rise in deaths due to the coronavirus remains the smallest reported rise fatalities in the UK on a Wednesday for the last seven weeks.
This news comes as there has been concern raised over how social distancing is to be met on public transport, now that the government are encouraging those who cannot work from home, to return to their workplaces if safe to do so.
The total number of coronavirus-related deaths in England has risen to 23,952 today following 244 more deaths since yesterday.
Those deaths in hospitals were of patients between the ages of 49 and 99 years old, the majority of which had underlying health conditions.
In Wales, a further 22 more people reportedly died as a result of COVID-19 overnight, bring the total number of deaths in the country to 1,154.
A total of 1,973 people in Scotland have lost their lives after contracting COVID-19, a rise in 61 deaths from yesterday. This comes after Nicola sturgeon extended Scotland’s lockdown restrictions, without following the same easing as in England.
New analysis published by the Office for National Statistics yesterday suggests that the overall coronavirus death toll in the UK is actually far higher than reported, and has already passed 40,000 deaths in the country.
The figure refers to all deaths in the country where COVID-19 was mentioned on death certificates as a factor of death this year up until the beginning of May; this includes suspected cases.
This analysis also suggests that 8,300 deaths in care homes have been linked to COVID-19 since the epidemic started, which is around double the official reported number.
The Prime Minister has been criticised for potentially misleading the House of Commons about government advice that people in care homes were “very unlikely” to contract coronavirus.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer told MPs:
“Earlier this year, and until 12 March, the government’s own official advice was, and I’m quoting from it, ‘it remains very unlikely that people receiving care in a care home will become infected’.”
“accept that the government was too slow to protect people in care homes”.
Further analysis performed by the PA Media news agency, found that 162 health and social care workers have died after contracting COVID-19 since the 11th of March. 71 frontline workers have also now died from COVID-19, although health chiefs say this figure has been largely under-reported.