CORONAVIRUS ‘deaths in the UK today reached another grim milestone of over 11,000 after 717 more people lost their lives.
Positive cases also increased to 88,621 from 84,279 infections yesterday as Britain entered its fourth week of foreclosure.
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The Department of Health today confirmed the deaths of 11,329 people in the United Kingdom.
But the death toll is expected to rise further tomorrow as the numbers do not include Northern Ireland and there is generally a lag this weekend.
Among the latest deaths, a 21-year-old nursery worker died after catching a coronavirus while waiting for a hospital transplant.
Katie Horne, of Burgess Hill, West Sussex, battled both Covid-19 and liver disease for 12 days after a positive diagnosis did not allow her to be on the transplant list.
And eight other health workers died from the disease – bringing the total of the NHS and health workers to 39.
Front-line workers terrified after now begging for protective gear – with a nurse saying they should reuse a plastic apron and mask.
In England today, the NHS has confirmed that 667 people between the ages of 17 and 98 have died – 40 of whom have no underlying health conditions.
The figure estimates the total number of deaths in England at 10,261.
In Scotland today, nine more people have died, bringing the death toll to 575.
And there have been 15 other deaths in Wales – with a total of 384.
In Northern Ireland, six other people died, bringing the total number of deaths to 124.
This morning, 14,506 Covid-19 tests were carried out at 9 am, less than 18,000 yesterday.
The death toll in the UK reached 10,612 yesterday after another 737 people lost their lives due to illness.
But the real total could be higher due to a delay in reporting the numbers over the weekend.
The previous weekends, the official figures dropped, before starting to climb again the following week.
It happens that Boris Johnson greeted the “invincible” doctors at London’s St Thomas’s Hospital in an emotional video message after he was released from hospital after a seven-day battle with the killer virus.
The PM said: “The NHS saved my life. No question. Things could have gone both ways. “
And he especially praised Jenny McGee, 35, and Luis Pitarma, 29, who monitored him for 48 hours in intensive care giving him vital oxygen.
He posted the video message after a meeting with pregnant fiance Carrie Symonds in Downing Street.
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PM will now spend time recovering from Covid-19 at his country home in Buckinghamshire, Ladies.
Meanwhile, Dominic Raab will continue to chair the daily meetings of Covid-19 in his absence and begin to examine the evidence for the operation of the lock.
Last week, he said it was “too early” to relax the measures and warned that they were likely to be extended.
Britain is now entering its fourth week of coronavirus lockouts, with the government scheduled to review the rules by Thursday.
Johnson unleashed drastic measures on March 23 – ordering all non-essential travel and public gatherings to stop as well as close down pubs and restaurants.
The British were also urged to leave their homes only to exercise, to buy essential items, for medical care or when their work could not be done at home.
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Since the rules were imposed, the number of people who test positive for coronavirus has increased from 6,650 to more than 80,000.
The total number of deaths in the UK has also risen from 335 on March 23 to more than 10,000 – with fears that the death toll has not yet peaked.
The Times quoted an unidentified minister as saying it was important not to “do more damage”, and the measures could be relaxed after three weeks.
Any lifting of the lockdown could see a second wave of cases hit the UK and put pressure on the NHS again.
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