UK announces more coronavirus victims

UK announces 870 more coronavirus deaths taking the death toll to 13,738 – amid claims Britain’s fatalities peaked a WEEK ago on April 8

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The UK has announced 870 more deaths from the coronavirus today, taking the total number of victims to 13,738.

NHS England confirmed 740 people have died in its hospitals, aged between 28 and 103, 40 of whom had no other health conditions before catching the virus. 

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have announced a combined 130 more deaths from the coronavirus today, taking the UK total to 12,998.

Scotland confirmed 80 victims have been announced in the past 24 hours, while there were 32 deaths in Wales and 18 in Northern Ireland. 

A Department of Health all-UK round-up will make clear how the number of new infections has changed and give some insight into the progression of the epidemic. 

The death toll is the highest in five days, since Saturday last week, but the rise was not unexpected.

England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, said in yesterday’s Government briefing that he expected a spike today as reports filter through from the long bank holiday weekend.

A greater number of victims does not mean more people are dying every day – one of the deaths in today’s stats happened on March 9 and took five weeks to be announced. Just 212 of England’s 740 happened over Easter weekend.

London was the region that recorded the most fatalities today, with 153 more victims, followed by the North East & Yorkshire, which declared 150.

In the Midlands there were 127 more to add to the tally, while 106 were declared in the North West of England.

Hospitals in the East of England recorded 91, while 84 were announced in the South East and 29 in the South West.

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