The number of coronavirus deaths in the UK increases from 181 to 41,622


Another 181 people with coronavirus died, according to new government figures.

It brings the official number of deaths in the UK to 41,662.

However, the actual figure, calculated from the addition of figures from the Office for National Statistics and Health Authorities in the four UK countries, is considered to be much higher, about 52,000.

The United Kingdom has the third highest number of deaths in the world, after the United States and Brazil.

The Ministry of Health and Social Care said that as of 9 a.m. on Saturday, there had been 6.6 million tests, with 188,794 tests on Friday, and 294,375 people who had tested positive since the beginning of the pandemic.

However, the department could not say how many people had been tested. The 6.6 million tests include those sent, and some people may have been tested more than once.

England’s test and trace programme leader admitted that the system was not yet a “gold standard” as new figures showed that a third of those tested positive did not provide details of their recent contacts.

The average daily death rate this week now stands at about 187, down from 230 last week.

Thousands of hooligans and protesters defied calls to stay away from London and other cities to avoid spreading the virus on Saturday, with many travelling on public transport to get there.

On Monday, it will be mandatory to wear face coverings on public transport.

A leading scientist who advised the government on how to implement the lockdown said that deaths from the pandemic could have been halved if the restrictions had been introduced earlier.

Neil Ferguson, professor of mathematical biology at Imperial College London, said thousands of lives could have been saved with previous action.

He said: “The epidemic doubled every three to four days before the introduction of lockdown interventions.

“So if we had introduced lockout measures a week earlier, we would have reduced the final death toll by at least half.”


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