THE number of coronavirus deaths in the UK has risen to 9,875 today – the youngest victim being only 11 years old.
This represents a jump of 917 in the past 24 hours, compared to 8,958 yesterday, while the country remains in the fight against the virus.
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Nearly 2,000 Britons have died in hospital in the past 48 hours after catching the virus.
The number of coronavirus deaths in Britain jumped 980 in 24 hours yesterday, making it the largest increase to date and more deadly than the worst day of their epidemic in Spain (961).
The death toll continues to climb as authorities estimate that new Covid-19 infections will peak on Easter Sunday and that the NHS is preparing for a “tsunami” case this weekend.
The total number of cases in the UK is now 78,991, with 5,234 new cases in the past 24 hours.
NHS England said this afternoon that 823 other people who died in England were between 11 and 102 years old.
And 33 of these patients – between 29 and 94 years old – had no known underlying medical condition.
Matt Hancock said at press conference yesterday that the devastating numbers did not mean that the NHS was “overwhelmed” by the pandemic.
He said, “I am very pleased that so far in this crisis, there is no point where the NHS has been passed, and every person with coronavirus has been able to access the best care possible in the NHS, because that we have taken steps to extend the NHS. “
Today, Scotland has reported an additional 47 Covid-19 deaths, while the toll stands at 542, with 5,590 cases.
And Northern Ireland has reported an additional 15 deaths, for a total of 107 people who have died in the country from coronavirus.
There have been 128 new cases of the virus, bringing the total of positive tests confirmed in the region since the start of the epidemic to 1,717.
Social distancing could be in place indefinitely, as the government strives to fight the killer virus that is causing chaos around the world.
More than 100,000 people have died from coronavirus, with more than a million cases worldwide.
Although plans show the lockdown will likely be in place for at least a few months, The Telegraph reports that a careful return to the classroom could be the first step in the virus exit strategy.
Whitehall officials at the Department of Education are believed to be considering plans that would allow different age groups to return to school between June and July after the break.
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But it is said that it all depends on when the peak of the pandemic arrives in the United Kingdom.
Scientists modeling the epidemic believe that strict social distancing has slowed the spread of the bug.
Hospital admissions should now begin to drop in about two weeks, if the British continue to stay at home.
Last week, it was confirmed that schools would not reopen after Easter after a minister suggested that reopening schools after Easter could “kick-start the economy.”
The unnamed minister was quoted calling for the children to be allowed to return to school after the Easter holiday in a fortnight.
The British could live with coronavirus restrictions until a vaccine is developed, which could take “about 18 months,” reports said.
More stringent restrictions will be phased out, but some, such as remote working and isolation if you have symptoms of the virus, will remain in one form or another for the next year.
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Scientists say finding a vaccine is the only real “exit strategy” from the virus, which means the country will have to adjust to a “new normal,” reported the Daily Mail.
It comes after Foreign Minister Dominic Raab told the nation that it was “too early” to lift the lockdown and that the country “had to stick to the plan” in place.
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