Deaths in UK coronavirus hospitals increase by 601, but actual total is much higher


The daily number of deaths from coronavirus hospital in the UK has further decreased, with 601 new deaths reported on Wednesday.

England registered 445 new deaths, Scotland 83 and Wales 73, bringing Britain’s overall total to 22,370.

Northern Ireland will release its latest numbers later.

The true death toll in the UK is much higher than 22,370 when deaths outside of hospitals are included.

Later, the Ministry of Health will announce for the first time an official statement which includes deaths in nursing homes.

The government is facing increasing criticism of the number of deaths in nursing and care homes, and there are fears that the epidemic will still not reach its peak in these facilities.

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Daily hospital totals trending down and health chiefs say UK has reached peak of epidemic, but warn that second wave could happen if foreclosure is lifted too early and Britons ignore the rules of social distancing.

Daily totals for previous Wednesdays were 791 on April 22, 801 on April 15 and 936 on April 8.

The NHS has reported 445 new Covid-19 deaths in England, bringing the country’s total to 19740.

Of the 445 new deaths announced:

– 96 took place on April 28

– 148 occurred on April 27

– 42 occurred on April 26

The figures also show that 116 of the new deaths occurred between April 1 and April 25, while the remaining 43 deaths occurred in March, the first death occurring on March 9.

The NHS England publishes daily updated figures showing the dates of each coronavirus-related death in hospitals in England, often including previously unreported deaths that occurred several days or even weeks ago.

This is due to the time it takes for deaths to be confirmed positive for Covid-19, for post mortem exams to be processed and for test data to be validated.

Figures released by NHS England show that April 8 continues to have the highest number of hospital deaths in a single day, with a current total of 859.

In Scotland, at 9:00 am Wednesday, 1,415 patients died after being tested positive for Covid-19, up 83 from Tuesday, said Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

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A total of 2,272 people died from a confirmed or suspected coronavirus, the National Records of Scotland announced earlier.

Of these, 39% took place in nursing homes, 52% in hospitals and 9% in non-institutional homes or facilities.

The total differs from laboratory-confirmed coronavirus deaths reported daily by the Scottish government in that they include suspected or probable Covid-19 cases.

Wales reported 73 new deaths, bringing the total to 886.

There has been a large increase day-to-day because the daily total includes 31 previously unreported deaths that were discovered during an exam in the Hywel Dda health council area.

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Public Health Wales said that 117 more people tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 9,629.

When asked by the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, deputy for Boris Johnson, whose fiancée Carrie Symonds gave birth to a baby boy, admitted his “horror” while Labor found that at least 27,241 people have died from coronavirus – far more than the official government toll.

Raab said 108 NHS and social workers died from the coronavirus.

He said to members of the House: “The whole House will also join me in paying tribute to the 85 NHS workers and 23 social workers who unfortunately died from coronavirus.

“My deepest sympathies go out to their family and friends in an incredibly difficult time, and we will continue to do whatever is necessary to support them. “

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Raab said spreading Covid-19 in nursing homes is a “challenge we must meet.”

During the PMQ, Labor Party leader Sir Keir Starmer asked why deaths in nursing homes continued to increase.

In response, Mr. Raab said, “There are doubts and I would not hesitate to say in front of the Right Honorable Gentleman (Sir Keir) that this is a challenge.

“But it is a challenge that we must and can meet to ensure that we can bring the numbers down in care homes as we have seen in hospitals and as we have seen in the country in its together. “

Sir Keir again called on the government to publish its strategy for getting out of the lockdown.

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Environment Secretary George Eustice stressed that nursing homes were not overlooked when the goal was to prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed.

He said on today’s BBC Radio 4 show: “No, I don’t accept that it was overlooked, but obviously the focus was on our NHS because it there were concerns that it might be outdated and we wanted to make sure they had absolutely everything they needed.

“But in the case of nursing homes, we have always recognized that there is more vulnerability there. “

Despite thousands of deaths in nursing homes, the government has just made the tests available to all residents and staff after expanding the plan after weeks of criticism.

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Those with or without symptoms may request a test.

Test capacity in the UK has grown to 73,400 per day as Health Secretary Matt Hancock struggles to keep his promise to perform 100,000 tests per day by the end of April.

Britain has reached the peak of its epidemic and the number of daily deaths in hospitals is tending to fall, but there are fears that deaths in nursing homes will continue to increase.

Mike Padgham, President of the Independent Care Group, said: “Unfortunately, when it comes to nursing homes, I fear that we are not yet at the top in terms of deaths from Covid-19 and we We are now the front line in the fight against the virus.

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“Health care providers and social workers are working hard and doing an incredible job, trying to keep our residents as safe as possible.

“The government has promised to run tests in all nursing homes to help in the battle.

“It is a pity that we have not had this so far and we are still waiting to see how it works in practice. But we are where we are and I hope that once the appropriate tests are in place, we will see an impact. “

Robert Kilgour, who founded and runs Renaissance Care, which has 15 nursing homes in Scotland, said thousands of other residents would die without urgent funding from the Scottish government.

According to him, private nursing homes have been pushed into the “faint hope room” by the pandemic, and residents and staff “are going through an absolutely scorching period”.

Interior Minister Priti Patel said there will be “new standards” when the UK comes out of the lockdown and social distancing is expected “in each area of ​​work.

She told the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, “Even before people go back to work, there is still work to be done in terms of securing workplaces.”

“The fact is that we will not return to what we were in early March. “

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In other developments, Tui extended the vacation suspension until June 11 inclusive of May 14.

Customers are requesting cash refunds, but the UK’s largest tour operator has warned that its call centers are “extremely busy”.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said travelers should undergo a health check upon arrival at UK airports.

He said countries that perform temperature checks on arriving travelers are “perceived to be safer” than the United Kingdom.

At least 1.3 million British nationals have returned from abroad since the start of the epidemic.

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Among them, 200,000 returned from Spain and 50,000 from Australia last month, said Foreign Minister Nigel Adams.

Employers want the coronavirus leave plan to be extended until at least the end of September and more flexible.

Staff on leave should be allowed to work reduced hours, according to a survey of more than 1,000 employers.

The Accredited Institute for Personnel and Development said that about half of the respondents said they had put staff on leave and 10% intended to do so.

Unions plan to fight British Airways plans to cut 12,000 jobs, saying action is ‘completely contrary’ to measures taken by other European airlines which are experiencing financial difficulties due to crisis.

The Great Western Railway named a train in honor of Captain Tom Moore after raising nearly £ 30 million for the NHS by riding towers around his garden before his 100th birthday on Thursday.

More tributes are planned to honor the veteran of the Second World War when the United Kingdom celebrates its milestone anniversary.


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