Coronavirus kills 450 more people in UK – lowest number in two weeks

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Hospital staff wear masks outside the Doncaster Royal Hospital (Photo: PA)

A further 450 people died in British hospitals after contracting a coronavirus, bringing the death toll to at least 16,522.

The increase in deaths today is the smallest daily increase in two weeks – when the Department of Health (DoH) recorded 439 deaths on April 6 – but death numbers tend to drop Sunday and Monday due late deaths recorded during the weekend.

The toll was updated after England recorded an additional 429 deaths. Scotland has reported 12 deaths, while nine have been recorded in Wales. Northern Ireland has yet to publish its new death toll.

The combined daily increase for the three nations is 450, which may be different from the number released later by DoH this afternoon.

The government has stated that this difference is due to the fact that each decentralized authority often changes its own data after reporting daily deaths to the DoH.

It is important to note that all of these deaths occurred in hospitals across the UK. They do not take into account people who have died at home, in care facilities, hospices or other places outside hospitals.

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The death toll in the UK has reached at least 16,522. Northern Ireland still recorded figures today, while the figure of 120,067 cases of coronavirus is accurate from yesterday (Photo: Metro .co.uk)
Ambulance crew members wear masks outside the Doncaster Royal Hospital (Photo: PA)

The latest figures were released as pressure mounted on the government to provide more protective equipment to hospitals.

Chris Hopson, managing director of NHS Providers, said there was “relatively low confidence” that a shipment of 400,000 surgical gowns due to arrive in the UK from Turkey on Sunday would arrive in the country on Monday.

He said trusts are forced to work around “day-to-day” problems, including washing single-use gowns and restricting stocks in key areas.

The NHS Confederation, which represents organizations from all health sectors, also reacted angrily to the government’s promises for more PPE, saying the delays in shipping from Turkey “make the situation worse.”

Chief Executive Officer Niall Dickson said, “It would have been better if the government hadn’t made the announcement in the first place” and said staff should do their own assessment to find out if they feel safe with the currently proposed PPE.

The Principality of Cardiff stadium is in the process of becoming a 2,000-bed hospital to fight coronavirus (Photo: PA)
British army helps move medical supplies to Principality stadium (Photo: PA)

Hopson told BBC Radio 4 Today that it was wrong to focus on individual PPE shipments because “bitter experience in the past few weeks” showed that they could not be invoked, some boxes containing the wrong items and thousands of missing pieces.

“So rather than walking to the top of the hill and going back down, let’s focus on what we know we can be sure of,” he said.

“Let’s not focus on individual shipments, let’s try to get a sustainable supply of these dresses as quickly as possible.

“There is no doubt that right now we now have trusts that certainly have shortages of dresses. “

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The NHS is said to use around 150,000 dresses a day, which means that Turkey’s stock would last less than three days.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said he hoped the dresses would always arrive, telling the BBC One’s Breakfast program: “We hope this flight takes off later today and that we will get these dresses.”

“We are working very hard to resolve this problem, there have been challenges on the Turkish side.

“I don’t want to start making more and more promises but I understand that this flight will take off this afternoon and they will be delivered. “

An additional 25 million dresses from China have been purchased and the United Kingdom “will also purchase them soon,” he said.


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