Britain’s coronavirus death toll reached 34,796 after 160 more people died across the UK – but although the death toll is approaching 35,000, it is the smallest increase since start of locking.
The news comes on the day that many Britons begin to return to work as the lockdowns loosen, and days after authorities say that the crucial rate of infection with the “R” virus may have increased in the during last week.
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The Tje Health and Welfare Department said this afternoon: “At 9:00 am on May 18, there were 2,682,716 tests, including 100,678 tests on May 17.
“1,887,051 people were tested, including 246,406 positive.
“At 5 p.m. on May 17, among those tested positive for the coronavirus, in all circles, 34,796 unfortunately died. “
NHS England said the 122 victims reported today were between 47 and 100 years old.
Seven of 122 patients, aged 50 to 85, had no underlying health problems.
This is the lowest daily total in England since the start of the lockout.
However, NHS England officials said the Covid-19 patient notification system temporarily stopped working on May 16.
The glitch may have had an impact on the number of deaths reported today, and a spokesperson said the total was “lower than expected.”
Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced at lunchtime that two more people have died in Scotland, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 2,105.
DAY TWO FOR LOWER DEATH
In Wales, four people died, while six died in Northern Ireland.
This is the second day that the UK-wide total has dropped.
The daily death toll yesterday was at its lowest level since the isolation began, while an additional 170 people died from the disease – and it is lower today.
Daily figures showing the number of deaths from Saturday to Monday tend to be lower than the rest of the week.
This is due to a delay in the reporting of figures over the weekend.
But statistical experts estimate that the total number of deaths from the virus is much higher – and has already exceeded 41,500.
The alternative balance sheet, calculated by the Office for National Statistics, refers to all deaths for which Covid-19 has been mentioned on death certificates this year until the beginning of May, including suspected cases.
Today, Boris Johnson’s official spokesperson said that about 5,889 nursing homes in England reported a suspected or confirmed epidemic of coronavirus yesterday.
This figure represents 38% of nursing homes in England.
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Lockdown rules started to loosen up last week, with sunbathing and unlimited exercise allowed – as long as the British observe social distancing.
In England, people can also drive as far as they want to breathe fresh air, as long as they don’t spend the night away from home.
It has also been reported that pubs, cafes and restaurants could open to sell pints and food at outdoor market-style stalls in just a few weeks.
Ministers develop plans to relax outdoor seating licenses.
Under this program, companies wishing to add outdoor seating for customers may be offered a “blanket authorization” to do so.
Meanwhile, religious leaders have held talks with the government on the possibility of organizing weddings as part of the third stage – which should begin no earlier than July.
Johnson hopes that a slow and gradual unlocking of Britain will allow the country to fall back into a kind of “new normal.”
The government has yet to meet the five conditions necessary to end the foreclosure.
Official advice in England remains clear: the British should work from home, unless they are unable to do so.
The focus in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales remains that people should stay at home.
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However, the ministers remain determined to begin reopening primary schools in England from June 1.
Authorities have also announced a groundbreaking deal that could make millions of vaccine doses available in the UK as early as September.
An additional £ 84 million has been invested in teams from the University of Oxford and Imperial College London as they conduct clinical trials to find a vaccine that could ultimately end to the pandemic.
Despite the announcement, the Prime Minister warned earlier that there is still much to do and that the research may never succeed.
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