Deaths due to coronaviruses in the UK amount to more than 20,000 while 781 others die in 24 hours

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The UK death toll from coronavirus in hospitals has exceeded 20,000 after increasing by 781 in 24 hours.

This brings the number of victims to 20,287.

The tragic figure comes less than a month after NHS England medical director Stephen Powis said he was optimistic the deaths could be kept below 20,000.

NHS England has confirmed the deaths of 711 people.

Another 23 people died after being tested positive for coronavirus in Wales, bringing the total number of deaths to 774.

There have been 47 deaths in Scotland.

The British death toll was 19,506 yesterday.

The figure includes only those who died in hospitals, the actual number of victims being much higher.

Experts fear that up to 7,500 people may have died in UK retirement homes alone.

Britain risks becoming the most affected European country as the death toll continues to rise.

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Government committed to increase testing to 100,000 per day

Spain recorded its 20,000th Covid-19-related death last Saturday, 11 weeks after the diagnosis of the first case.

And Italy reached the heartbreaking landmark on April 13, and more than 5,000 people have died since then, bringing the death toll to 25,969.

Britain registered its first Covid-19 case on January 31.

Earlier in the day, coronavirus tests failed for the second day in a row in England, Wales and Northern Ireland as government faces pressure to increase capacity.



British warned that lockdown cannot be lifted until death rate and number of infections drop

Critical workers with symptoms hoping to know if they have the deadly virus were disappointed this morning as home testing ended at 8:30 am – and driving appointments were not available soon after.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has promised 100,000 tests will be done by the end of the month – more tests are needed to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

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The British have been asked to respect the lockout and stay home this weekend, temperatures are expected to remain high.

Interior Minister Priti Patel is expected to suggest that restrictions could be tightened if the British continue to breach social distancing regulations.

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