UK coronavirus death toll have passed the 7,000 barrier with a confirmed total of 7097 deaths after 828 victims were reported in England alone on the deadliest day yet, bringing the total death in a day to 938. surpassing Italy’s single day death toll of 918, according to numbers from the Department of Health today.
NHS England confirmed the latest victims were aged between 22 and 103 – including a 35-year-old with no underlying health conditions.
A further 45 coronavirus victims had no previous medical issues – with England’s death toll now at 6,483.
The Department of Health has not yet released figures for all of Britain – so the death toll will rise again later today.
And the figure is expected to be high as yesterday’s UK total death toll of 6,159 did not include Manchester, Leeds or Northern Ireland.
In Scotland today, 70 more people have died – bringing the total to 366.
Wales today suffered 33 more deaths – with their total deaths now on 245.
While five further people have died in Northern Ireland – bringing their total number of deaths to 78.
This already brings the UK total to more than 7,000 – even without the Department of Health numbers.
The grim UK coronavirus death toll had dropped for two days running on Sunday and Monday – but this was the same pattern as last Monday suggesting a possible lag in deaths recorded over the weekend.
Cases yesterday fell to their lowest level this month – with the government’s chief scientific adviser explaining the UK may now see the curve start to flatten.
But the UK coronavirus death toll has continued to rise – with the equivalent of one Brit falling victim to the bug every two minutes.
It comes as a 29-year-old nurse today became the 14th frontline medic killed by the deadly bug.
Rebecca Mack, from Morpeth, Northumberland, was remembered as an “amazing medic” after she tragically died this week.
It is understood the young woman first worked at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle upon Tyne, before becoming a NHS 111 medic.
Meanwhile, Boris Johnson is continuing to battle coronavirus in hospital – but his fever is easing at last with hopes he has overcome the worst of the struggle.
The PM, 55, was hailed as a “fighter” as he spent a second night in intensive care and the Queen led the world in sending him messages of support.
He is now stable and “responding to treatment” while remaining “in good spirits” in intensive care, Downing Street said today.
It comes as the government continues planning for the next stage of Britain’s battle against the coronavirus.
Several ministers are said to believe schools should reopen two weeks after the Easter holidays if lockdown continues working.
Britain’s drastic lockdown measures – announced by Boris on March 23 – are due to be reviewed on Easter Monday.
It’s thought that until the UK has a full testing routine in place, it won’t be able to be lifted.
The peak of the virus is also expected to come this weekend with 1,000 deaths a day amid fears lockdown will end up being extended.
Yesterday, the death toll rose by 786 as the UK broke the 6,000 barrier – with the total reaching 6,159.
Separate figures released yesterday revealed coronavirus was responsible for one in 20 deaths in the UK.
The numbers from the Office of National Statistics show 501 virus victims died in hospital in the week up to March 27 – meaning 38 others were killed by the disease while at home