More than 26,000 people have died from coronavirus in the UK, making it the second most affected country in Europe, according to new figures.
A total of 26,097 people died after contracting COVID-19[female[feminine, according to government data, which included deaths in nursing homes and the wider community for the first time.
Total is up 21,678 deaths from coronavirus in British hospitals announced Tuesday, but Foreign Minister Dominic Raab insisted there had been no “sudden increase”.
Among the latest deaths, a 14-year-old boy in England had no known underlying health problems.
Public Health England (PHE) said the new method of reporting deaths has reported an additional 3,811 deaths since the start of the coronavirus epidemic, of which about 70% were “outside hospital settings”.
On Tuesday, 765 deaths were reported within 24 hours to 5 hours.
The total number of deaths from coronaviruses in the UK was recorded between March 2 and April 28 and was about 17% higher than previous data, according to PHE.
Her medical director, Dr. Yvonne Doyle, said she could not yet say whether deaths in nursing homes were decreasing.
She told the daily Downing Street briefing, “We should know soon because the curve of the hospital has narrowed. “
Professor Doyle said the number of deaths in nursing homes could be revised upwards.
She added, “In due course, these deaths can unfortunately occur on death certificates, so we can expect more than what we are seeing right now. “
The new total of deaths from coronavirus in the United Kingdom means that it is the third most affected country in the world, behind Italy with 26,872 deaths and the United States with more than 59,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University, following the epidemic.
Almost a third of nursing homes in England have reported suspected or confirmed COVID-19 outbreaks.
Some 4,516 homes have reported outbreaks from March 17 through Monday this week – about 29% of the total number of nursing homes.
In every region of England, more than a fifth of nursing homes have reported outbreaks.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Tuesday he wanted to “bring as much transparency as possible” to the numbers of deaths from coronaviruses including those in nursing homes and the community.
Mr. Raab – replacing Boris Johnson after the birth of the Prime Minister’s son – said there was a “common horror” in the House of Commons over the number of people killed in the epidemic.
Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance had suggested in March that keeping the death toll in the UK below 20,000 would be a good result.
When asked by the Prime Minister, the leader of the Labor Party, Sir Keir Starmer, said: “We are clearly well above this number and we are only halfway through this crisis and we are perhaps in going on to have one of the worst death rates in Europe. “
He disputed Johnson’s comments on the “apparent success” of the UK strategy, adding: “Far from successful, these latest numbers are really terrible.”
Earlier on Wednesday, it was announced that 19,740 hospital patients with coronavirus had died in England after an additional 445 deaths.
In Scotland, 1,415 patients hospitalized for coronavirus died, an increase from 83 the day before.
And deaths from COVID-19 in Welsh hospitals increased from 73 to 886.
The number of confirmed coronavirus deaths in Northern Ireland increased to 338 after nine additional deaths.
Scotland’s figure is less than the 2,272 deaths reported by the National Records of Scotland (NRS), which include suspected and probable COVID-19 infections.
Among the deaths announced by NRS, 39% occurred in nursing homes, including 52% in hospitals and 9% in non-institutional homes or establishments.
Deaths from coronavirus in hospitals in England included:
- 129 in London
- 96 in the Midlands
- 72 in North East and Yorkshire
- 59 in the North West
- 57 in the southeast
- 55 in the east of England
- 16 in the Southwest
It was revealed on Tuesday that there were 4,343 coronavirus-related deaths reported by healthcare providers in England over a two-week period until April 24.
Meanwhile, Raab said more than 52,000 coronavirus tests had taken place in the UK on Tuesday – just two days before the government-set date to reach 100,000 a day.