UK coronavirus deaths increase by 450, smallest increase in two weeks


The number of daily coronavirus deaths in the UK fell to its lowest level in two weeks, with 450 new deaths reported in the past 24 hours.

It represents less than half of the record for Great Britain in one day, to 953, and it brings the death toll to 16522 in the middle of new signs, the curve could flatten and the United Kingdom could reach its peak .

Daily totals dropped two days in a row, but the declines should be observed with caution as many deaths will not be counted until later due to a delay in reporting deaths over the weekend.

The lag results in a spike in the week’s numbers.

England reported 429 more deaths on Monday, Scotland had 12 and Wales had nine more. Northern Ireland has yet to announce its latest totals.

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Figures have been announced as the government scrambles to fill shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) amid signs that a shipment from Turkey, which includes 400,000 much needed dresses, would be delayed for a second day in a row.

The increase of 450 deaths Monday is down from 534 Sunday and 885 Saturday. This is the lowest total on a day since April 6, when 441 deaths were reported.

The record was reached on April 10 when 953 new deaths were announced (based on totals announced individually by each British nation, and not by Department of Health figures).

The Ministry of Health will later publish its official death toll. It will likely be slightly below 16,522 due to a delay in reporting.

England death toll rises to 14,829

The NHS England has announced 429 new deaths from people who test positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths in hospitals in England to 14,829.

Of the 429 new deaths announced today:

– 85 occurred on April 19

– 210 took place on April 18

– 53 occurred on April 17

The figures also show that 77 of the deaths occurred between April 1 and April 16, and the other four deaths occurred in March, with 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.

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The number of coronavirus deaths on a single day since April 6 is based on the totals reported by each British nation each afternoon each.

April 6 – 441

April 7, 854

April 8 – 936

April 9 – 891

April 10 – 953

April 11 – 917

April 12 – 710

April 13 – 697

April 14 – 744

April 15 – 801

April 16 – 870

April 17 – 825

April 18 – 885

April 19 – 534

April 20 – 450 (Northern Ireland not yet reporting)

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 – 803 – although that may change in future updates.

Separate figures from NHS England, using data until 5 p.m. April 17, show that of 13,918 patients in hospitals in England who tested positive for Covid-19 at the time of death, 73.6% were d white, 16.2% were of BAME origin and 0.7% were of mixed ethnic origin.

The remaining 9.5% had no declared or identifiable ethnicity.

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The figure of 16.2% for the BAME ethnic group breaks down as follows:

Indian – 3.0%

Pakistani – 2.1%

Bangladesh – 0.6%

Any other Asian environment – 1.6%

Caribbean – 2.9%

African – 1.9%

Any other black background – 0.9%

Chinese – 0.4%

All other ethnic groups – 2.8%.

The death toll in Scotland is 915

In Scotland, 915 patients died, up 12 from 903 on Sunday, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon told reporters.

Sturgeon said 8,450 people have now tested positive for the virus in Scotland, up 263 from 8,187 the day before.

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There are 169 people in intensive care with symptoms of coronavirus or coronavirus, a decrease from five Sunday, she added.

There are 1,809 people hospitalized with Covid-19 confirmed or suspected.

Wales reports 584 deaths

Health officials in Wales said nine more people died, bringing the total number of deaths to 584.

In Wales, another 276 people tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 7,546.

Just over 900 tests were carried out on Sunday, with a total of 26,091 carried out in Wales.

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Dr. Giri Shankar of Public Health Wales said: “Based on the new case numbers, new evidence suggests a stabilization in the number of new Covid-19 cases in Wales, which may be an indication of the effectiveness of locking. measures.

“However, it is still too early to be sure and it is too early to end the current rules of social distancing.

“Public Health Wales continues to fully support the extension of the lockdowns, which is essential to avoid reversing the gains we have made by slowing the spread of this virus, protecting our NHS and saving lives. “

On Sunday, 21,626 people were tested for the coronavirus in England, Wales and Scotland, within 24 hours until 9 am, said Downing Street.

Test capacity fell to 36,000 – down from 38,000 last week – in the same 24-hour period, but the Prime Minister’s spokesperson said it was due to commercial labs implementing new processes .

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“This is not a permanent decline,” said the spokesman.

More than 88,000 NHS and social service workers and their families were tested.

The spokesman added that the government believes it is “on track” to reach the target of 100,000 tests per day by the end of the month.

Government criticized for shortage of PPE

The government has come under heavy criticism again, as stocks of PPE have remained extremely low in hospitals where doctors and nurses are exposed to the potentially deadly virus.

More than 60 health workers died during the crisis.

NHS Providers general manager Chris Hopson said there was “relatively low confidence” that the cargo from Turkey would arrive on Monday.

He was due to leave on Sunday but was delayed.

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The NHS would use around 150,000 dresses a day, which means that the 400,000 arrivals from Turkey would take less than three days.

The government said it had obtained 25 million pieces of PPE from China, but did not specify when the material would be delivered or whether it would arrive in one shipment or as individual shipments.

Hopson said trusts are forced to work around “day-to-day” problems, including washing single-use gowns and restricting stocks in key areas.

He told the BBC that trusts are reserving the stock of fluid-resistant gowns they have for high-risk clinical areas, such as intensive care units, and using workarounds in other areas.

NHS Confederation General Manager Niall Dickson said “It would have been better if the government hadn’t made the announcement in the first place” and said staff should do their own assessment to find out he felt safe with the PPE currently being offered.

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Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said he hoped the dresses would always arrive, telling BBC Breakfast: “We very much hope that later today that flight will take off and that we will get these dresses.

“We are working very hard to resolve this problem, there have been challenges on the Turkish side.

“I don’t want to start making more and more promises but I understand that this flight will take off this afternoon and they will be delivered. “

He said the government had bought an additional 25 million dresses from China and that they would be arriving “also soon”.

Fears of a second peak if the lock is relaxed

In other developments, Downing Street has said that moving too quickly to loosen the lockdown could lead to a second peak in the virus epidemic.

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Responding to reports that Boris Johnson favored a cautious approach to lifting the restrictions, the Prime Minister’s spokesperson said, “The big concern is a second spike.

“This is what will end up hurting health and the economy the most. If you move too quickly, the virus could start to spread again exponentially. “

“The public will expect us to do everything we can to stop the spread of the virus and protect lives. “

Lockdown decisions will be based on advice from Sage – the Scientific Emergency Advisory Group – due out at the end of the month.

Asked if the locking restrictions could be changed rather than lifted, the Prime Minister’s spokesperson said: “If you go too fast, lifting the social distancing measures in bulk, it could lead to an exponential spread of virus. “

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He underscored Foreign Minister Dominic Raab’s suggestion that the next steps may involve easing measures in some areas while strengthening them in others.

Sturgeon said the Scottish government will put in place “by the end of this week” a framework that will guide its lifting of the foreclosure measures.

She said: “However, I want to make it clear that the initial version of this work will not specify which measures will be lifted and when.

“We just aren’t able to make these decisions in an informed way yet. “

The Premier of Wales, Mark Drakeford, has warned that if there is no UK-wide agreement once the next three-week foreclosure review is due, the country’s Galles could go it alone.

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He said: “I have always said that traveling together across the UK is the best way to do things in Wales,” he said.

“If we cannot secure it and have to make decisions for ourselves, that is of course what we will do. “

Sir Keir Starmer urged Raab to plan to lift the coronavirus lockdown in a “constructive” call with opposition leaders, said a Labor spokesman.

The spokesperson added, “During this call, the leader of the Labor Party expressed concern about the availability of PPE for key workers and asked how the government would address the current shortages.

“He also asked how confident the government was of reaching the target of 100,000 tests a day by the end of the month.

“Keir Starmer reiterated his support for the government’s decision to extend the lockout, but asked what planning is in place for when the restrictions will be lifted. “

Mr. Raab still replaces Mr. Johnson while the Prime Minister continues his convalescence after Covid-19.

A spokesperson said that Mr. Johnson received daily updates on the response to the coronavirus as he continued his recovery at Checkers but did not do government work.

The spokesman declined to be contacted when Mr. Johnson returned to work, but said he would be “guided by the advice of his medical team.”

The government has denied plans to reopen schools in England soon, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said on Sunday that there was no set date for students to return.

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The program for workers on leave – on temporary leave – has been launched, and Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a package of £ 1.25 billion to help companies in the innovation sector.

The UK has been asked to maintain a minute of silence for the main workers who died on the front line in the fight against Covid-19.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said that he considered the proposals for a time for national reflection to be a “very good idea” and that his department was “thinking about it”.

It follows calls from the Labor Party and health unions to honor those who have died.

The Duke of Edinburgh made a rare public statement, congratulating those fighting the coronavirus pandemic across the UK and keeping essential services running.

Philip, 98, who retired from public office in 2017, said he wanted to recognize the “vital and urgent” medical and scientific work being done.

Teams from the University of Oxford and Imperial College London are racing with experts from around the world to develop a vaccine for Covid-19.

Oxford hopes to start human testing this week while Imperial College plans to start testing in June.

It is hoped that a vaccine will be ready by this fall.

A group of doctors called on people to make their own masks to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The Masks4All campaign group has suggested that homemade masks can slow the spread of Covid-19.

But the World Health Organization (WHO) said there was no evidence to support the use of masks in the general population.

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