A record 854 deaths from coronavirus were announced today in the UK, bringing the total to 6,227.
NHS England has confirmed that 758 people have died, authorities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland announcing 96 more.
Patients in England were between 23 and 102 years old. 29 of 758 patients (aged 23 to 99) had no known underlying medical condition.
Scotland has revealed that 74 more deaths have been recorded in the past 24 hours, including 19 in Wales and 3 in Northern Ireland.
The death toll is more than double the number announced yesterday and marks a new low for Britain in its fight against the epidemic.
Scientists have in recent weeks predicted that the peak of the epidemic would come at Easter, suggesting that the nation is over a turbulent seven-day period.
Today’s statistics arrive as Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in intensive care at London’s St Thomas’s Hospital after being transferred there last night. His spokesperson says, however, that he is in a good mood and that he breathes on his own.
Although the spike in the number of deaths recorded today is a drastic increase from 439 that appeared yesterday, a delay in recording the data could be to blame.
As the number of deceased has increased, so have the number of past deaths that are counted in the daily count for each day.
Some of the deaths announced every day occurred 10 days or more ago, but had not been recorded earlier due to administrative delays.
And the deaths announced today are likely due to patients infected weeks ago, which means they do not indicate that the virus is spreading faster than it was.
In Spain, officials acknowledged that deaths tended to accumulate over the weekend, to miss statistics released on Monday, and then to increase later in the week.
Figures in the UK show that the number of deaths tends to drop on Monday before a peak on Tuesday. Last week, however, the number continued to increase throughout the week from Tuesday.
Spain’s deputy director of emergency health, Maria Jose Sierra, stressed that Spain is still on the right track despite an increase in the number of deaths and new infections today.
She blamed the increase on an accumulation of cases that went unreported this weekend. It is not clear if the same thing is happening in the UK.
Ms. Sierra said, “This is due to the adjustment of the weekend. It’s still a downward trend. “
Medical personnel are pictured in an ambulance outside St Thomas Hospital in London, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson is treated
In brighter news for Britain this afternoon, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesperson confirmed that he was still in stable condition and breathing on his own.
The Prime Minister was placed in intensive care in Westminster last night around 7 p.m. because his fever had lasted more than 10 days.
His spokesperson says he is still “in a good mood” and that he has “standard oxygen therapy”, which would be gentle therapy via a mask or a nasal probe.
He was not diagnosed with pneumonia, Downing Street confirmed.
The 55-year-old spokesman said today, “The Prime Minister has remained stable overnight and remains in a good mood.
“He receives standard oxygen treatment and breathes without any other assistance. He did not require mechanical ventilation or non-invasive breathing assistance. “
In a series of radio interviews this morning, Cabinet Minister Michael Gove downplayed fears that the government would be paralyzed with the leader, insisting that Johnson had already been on a “stripped newspaper” for years. days and that “the Cabinet is the supreme decision-making body”,
However, within hours, it appeared that Mr. Gove himself had also been affected by the coronavirus, as he became self-isolated following a family member with symptoms.