Deaths from CORONAVIRUS in the UK have reached more than 20,700 after 413 people lost their lives due to the disease – the lowest daily increase this month.
Positive cases also increased to 152,840 from 148,377 as Britain prepares to enter the fifth week of draconian foreclosure measures.
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The government confirmed today that there have been a total of 20,732 hospital deaths from illness in the UK.
Today’s jump of 413 is the smallest daily increase in deaths this month after 439 people lost their lives on April 6.
But there is usually a delay in reporting the numbers over the weekend, so the number could increase again next week.
In England today, 336 more people have died, bringing the total number of hospital deaths to 18,420.
NHS England has confirmed that the latest victims were between 28 and 100 years old, 22 of whom had no underlying health conditions.
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In Wales today, another 14 people have died, bringing the total number of deaths to 788.
Scotland has suffered 18 additional coronavirus deaths – with a total of 1,249.
No figures have yet been reported for Northern Ireland.
Among the latest deaths, a nurse fought for life alongside Boris Johnson at St Thomas’s Hospital in London.
Father Larni Zuniga, 53, who worked at CHD Living nursing home in Surrey Hills, died of the disease on Friday.
Neighborhood manager Andy Costa, 58, who has dedicated 26 years of his life to the NHS, also died on Friday after contracting a coronavirus.
The number of NHS workers killed by Covid-19 reached 104, an increase of 61 in a week.
Coronavirus deaths yesterday exceeded the government’s most favorable scenario, claiming up to 20,000 lives after the deaths of 813 people.
The dark step was made in March as a reference so that Great Britain “is doing very well” in the pandemic.
Britain is now the fifth country to die 20,000 deaths in Covid-19 hospital – behind the United States, Italy, Spain and France.
BATTLE OF LOCKDOWN
The expert who pushed Boris Johnson to pull the lock trigger has now said that 100,000 people could die from the disease in the UK if the measures were lifted too soon.
Professor Neil Ferguson warned that it would be impossible to send some people back to work without seeing a huge increase in deaths.
This comes when the government ordered 50 million new “revolutionary” coronavirus immunity tests.
Ministers hope the breakthrough of a team of British scientists will allow people to return to work if they are safe from the virus when the pinprick tests were deployed in June.
If they are immune, the British will be allowed to resume a social life and work as they did before the coronavirus was locked out.
Dominic Raab today rejected further calls for a rapid lifting of the lockdown, as the pandemic is still at a “delicate and dangerous” stage.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs said the government would act “cautiously” to avoid a second deadly wave of the virus.
His comments came after Priti Patel told the British yesterday that it was “imperative” to follow the lock rules.
The Interior Minister warned that “we are not yet out of danger” by thanking people for their “spirit of national unity”.
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Ms. Patel said during briefing No10: “Staying at home for five weeks has changed the way we live and I know how difficult it has been.
“This country’s efforts are working … you have fostered a spirit of national unity that has helped us get through this period.
“But we are not yet out of danger.
“It is imperative that people continue to follow the rules designed to protect their families, friends and loved ones.”
Boris Johnson is expected to return to work tomorrow after spending the past two weeks recovering from a coronavirus.
The Prime Minister said to his staff, “I can’t wait to leave. “
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He will immerse himself in briefings with his team and define his priorities for the coming week.
Cabinet ministers will make individual updates and he will expose them on their department’s battles with the virus.
The global death toll from coronaviruses has now exceeded 200,000 as the number of people infected approaches three million.
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