CORONAVIRUS ‘deaths in the UK jumped by 881, bringing the total loss to almost 8,000.
Positive cases in the UK also reached 65,077, up from 60,733 infections yesterday.
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The government confirmed today that a total of 7,978 people have died in the UK from coronavirus disease, with 881 additional deaths reported in 24 hours.
Among the victims announced today is a leading physician who warned Boris Johnson of the need for “urgent” PPE in the fight against coronavirus.
Abdul Mabud Chowdhury, 53, died after fighting the virus for 15 days in hospital.
He is considered the 20th known NHS worker to die from the disease while fighting it on the front line.
The NHS England has today confirmed an additional 765 deaths, bringing the total number of deaths in England to 7,248.
The last victims were between 24 and 103 years old, including 43 without any underlying health condition.
In Scotland today, 81 more people have died, bringing the death toll to 447.
Wales recorded 41 other deaths – with a total of 286.
In Northern Ireland, there were four new deaths, bringing their total to 82.
Acting Prime Minister Dominic Raab said at today’s No10 briefing that it was still “too early” to lift the lockdown and warned that Britain had not yet peaked of the crisis.
He had previously chaired a Cobra meeting to discuss when the drastic measures should be relaxed.
Today’s death rate is lower than yesterday when the UK had its deadliest day so far, after 938 people died of the disease.
But the grim death toll has increased and decreased since the three-week lockout three weeks ago – although this is partly due to registration issues with the health ministry.
Councilors are still insisting that the peak of the virus epidemic could still be in ten days – April 18.
Before falling ill with coronavirus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged to review the lock on Easter Monday, April 13 – three weeks after the start of March 23.
The government will officially fix an extension early next week – after analyzing the three-week data.
But Downing Street is seriously concerned that people will defy advice and head for the holiday sun 24C (75F).
Barbecues and sunbathing in parks and open spaces as well as beach or sightseeing tours are prohibited – just like having friends around.
There are fears that the British will break the rules after police were forced last weekend to break the holidays and groups of people basking in the sun while the UK was enjoying a mini heat wave.
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Yesterday the UK had its deadliest day to date, after 938 people died from the disease, bringing the total to 9,097.
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The jump death toll is higher than the worst day in virus-ravaged Italy, where 919 people died.
Italy experienced one of the worst epidemics in the world with 17,127 deaths and 135,586 cases.
Separate figures released on Tuesday found that coronavirus was responsible for one in 20 deaths in the UK.
Figures from the National Statistics Office show that 501 victims of the virus died in hospital in the week before March 27, which means that another 38 people were killed by the disease at home.
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Last week, the NSO revealed that there had been at least 40 deaths at home until March 20 – so 78 have died from the virus outside the hospital so far.
This week marks 100 days since the World Health Organization first became aware of a mysterious disease in China when a handful of people fell ill in Wuhan.
Since then, cases have climbed to more than 1 million worldwide, with the total number of deaths worldwide exceeding 80,000.