NHS England reported an additional 738 deaths on Friday, as experts say there are signs that the UK is peaking and the curve is flattening.
Scotland has reported 58 new deaths while Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said locking restrictions have slowed the spread of Covid-19, calling it “early signs of hope”.
Another 18 deaths have been confirmed in Northern Ireland and 11 in Wales.
The total rose to 13,828 at the same time Thursday after an increase of 870.
The latest increase came a day after the government extended the foreclosure for at least another three weeks until May 7 and, as a leading expert has warned that the UK could see up to 40,000 deaths in the during this wave of coronavirus with “new waves” coming.
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The Department of Health has released its official figures, which are slightly different from the above totals, which are based on the counts published individually by the four British nations each afternoon.
He said 14,576 people died at 5 p.m. Thursday, 847 more than at the same time on Wednesday.
There is a discrepancy in the data reported by the Ministry of Health. Its total does not include new deaths which have since been reported by Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The press release said 108,692 people have now tested positive for Covid-19 in the UK at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, compared to 103,093 on Thursday.
The death toll in England is 13,134
The NHS England has announced 738 new deaths from people who test positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths in hospitals in England to 13,134.
Of the 738 new deaths announced today:
– 138 occurred on April 16
– 320 occurred on April 15
– 109 occurred on April 14
The figures also show that 154 deaths occurred between April 1 and April 13, and the remaining 16 deaths occurred in March, the first death occurring on March 21.
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 today by NHS England show that April 8th currently has the highest total for most hospital deaths in a single day – 792 – although that may change in future updates.
Death toll rises to 837 in Scotland
In Scotland, 58 additional deaths have been reported, bringing the total to 837.
Sturgeon said 7,409 people have now tested positive for the virus in Scotland, up 307 from 7,102 the day before.
There are 189 people in intensive care with symptoms of coronavirus or coronavirus, a decrease from seven Thursday, she added.
There are 1,799 people hospitalized with Covid-19 confirmed or suspected.
Sturgeon said Scotland’s lockout restrictions have slowed the rate of community transmission of Covid-19.
The slowdown seems to be reflected in the stabilization of the number of hospitalized and intensive care, she said, adding that “the first signs of hope are already there.”
But the restrictions would not be lifted as it could lead to an exponential resurgence of the virus and the NHS could become overwhelmed, she said, adding, “We cannot take this risk.”
She added that the Scottish government will put in place measures to facilitate the foreclosure over the next week.
Death toll rises in Wales and Northern Ireland
Public Health Wales has announced 11 new deaths from people who test positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed hospital deaths in Wales to 506.
The total number of confirmed cases in Wales reached 6,645, an increase of 244, while 23,332 tests were performed on 20,066 people.
In addition, 18 people in Northern Ireland died in hospital with a coronavirus in the past day, according to Friday’s Public Health Agency daily bulletin.
This brings the total number of confirmed hospital deaths in the region to 176.
New data on deaths of nursing home residents with coronavirus will be released “very soon,” said Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
The most recent total of 217 does not include deaths that have occurred in the past two weeks.
Thousands of nursing home residents are feared to have died.
In Northern Ireland, at least 41 people have died from Covid-19 in nursing homes and hospices.
The figure represents about a quarter of the total and concerns 23 separate establishments, according to official statistics at the beginning of the month.
“Up to 40,000 could die”
Prominent physician Professor Anthony Costello of the Institute for Global Health at University College London has warned that up to 40,000 people may die during this wave of coronavirus.
He said eight to ten waves would be needed before the country achieved collective immunity.
Giving evidence to a committee of MPs on Friday, he said the UK would likely have the highest death rate in Europe because the government was “too slow” to act.
Professor Costello, a former official with the World Health Organization, added: “If we want to remove the chain of transmission of this virus in the next step, we all hope that national lockdown and social distancing will result in a great removal of the epidemic. so far – but we’re going to face new waves.
“And so we have to make sure that we have a system in place that can’t just do a number of lab tests, but that has a system at the district and community level.” “
The government has just extended the tests to police, fire and prison officials as well as local government officials, the justice system and staff from the Department of Labor and Pensions, if applicable
There follows criticism of a gap between those tested and testing capacity, with only 18,665 tests performed in 24 hours until 9:00 am Thursday, despite more than 38,000 tests available.
Critics have expressed doubts about the government’s ability to reach its goal of testing 100,000 people a day by the end of April.
In other developments, researchers at Cambridge University said the Covid-19 epidemic may have started in Wuhan, China, as early as September after studying the origin.
Downing Street suggested that summer vacation not yet be booked as there is no certainty as to when the closure will be lifted and the trip may resume.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson “is continuing his recovery at Checkers and is not doing any government work,” said his spokesman.
The police commissioner met Dame Cressida Dick was criticized after seeing a crowded “Clap for Carers” rally on Westminster Bridge lead, which ignored the strict rules of social distancing.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has urged the government to change its advice to the public about wearing masks to help stop the spread of the virus.
Border forces officers have been seen wearing face masks to people suspected of being migrants in Dover, Kent.
Pubs will need at least three weeks’ notice to lift the current blockage in order to prepare to reopen, the British Beer & Pub Association said.