Coronavirus: UK deaths of COVID-19 inpatients increase by 586 | UK News

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A further 586 people died in British hospitals after contracting a coronavirus, bringing the total to 21,678.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced the new numbers at the government’s daily pandemic briefing.

It had previously been revealed that another 512 coronavirus patients died in English hospitals and 70 others in Scottish hospitals, bringing the national total to 19,301 and 1,332 respectively.



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The number of confirmed coronavirus deaths in Northern Ireland has risen to 329 after the death of 20 people.

Hancock also said that as of Wednesday, the government’s daily figures for coronavirus deaths will include those in nursing homes and the community.

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Next lockdown review point is Thursday, May 7

In its latest estimate, the National Statistics Office calculated that the number of deaths on April 17 was 52% higher than the figure released by the government.

It revealed that 21,284 people had died of the virus on that date, compared to the figure of 13,917 deaths of hospital patients announced at that date.

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The ONS said that the number of deaths in all settings was 52% higher than that of the hospital

Meanwhile, Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has now advised people to wear non-medical face covers in places where they cannot be easily within two meters of others – such as in shops and public transport.

The British government has so far avoided making the same recommendation, but has said the policy is being kept under review by its scientific advisers.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson participated in a minute of silence for the main workers who died during the pandemic, promising: “The national will not forget you”.

Health workers across the country, some in tears, bowed their heads as they remembered their colleagues, followed in some cases by applause.

The lockdown is expected to last until at least Thursday May 7, when Mr. Johnson and the heads of the decentralized administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are likely to meet to consider whether to extend or relax the strict social distancing measures.

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