UK’s Covid-19 death toll rises by 315 to reach 28,446


The newest figures point out that the UK’s toll is now edging nearer to that in Italy, one of many worst-hit nations within the pandemic the place the determine stands at 28,710 this week.

The death toll from the novel coronavirus in UK hit 28,446 on Sunday. (Photo: AP)

The death toll from the novel coronavirus in UK hospitals, care houses and the broader group rose by 315 to hit 28,446 on Sunday, the newest authorities figures revealed.

The newest figures point out that the UK’s toll is now edging nearer to that in Italy, one of many worst-hit nations within the pandemic the place the determine stands at 28,710 this week.

UK Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove introduced the figures on the every day 10 Downing Street briefing as he additionally confirmed that Prime Minister Boris Johnson can be laying out an in depth plan subsequent week to begin easing the financial system out of the present lockdown.

“We’re consulting with employers and unions, professionals and public health experts, to establish how we can ensure that we have the safest possible working environments, and the Prime Minister will be saying more,” the minister mentioned.

He additionally confirmed a pilot within the Isle of Wight area of Britain of a brand new contact tracing app created by the digital arm of the state-funded National Health Service, NHSX, that might alert customers after they have come into contact with somebody who has coronavirus signs and will search a Covid-19 take a look at. After the pilot of the “test, track and trace procedures” on the island, the app is predicted to be made extra extensively accessible later this month.

Gove went on to pay tribute to Muslims at the moment celebrating Ramzan throughout lockdown.

He mentioned: “For those experiencing the first Ramzan without a loved one, this will be a particularly painful time.”

“As with Christians who could not celebrate Easter together in church, and the Jewish community whose Passover rituals were affected by social distancing, our thoughts are with Muslim neighbours who cannot break their fast together and must adapt their religious and cultural practices because of the crisis.”

Professor Stephen Powis, the National Medical Director of NHS England, who joined the minister on the every day briefing mentioned the variety of hospital admissions for coronavirus, in addition to the variety of occupied important care beds have been “continuing to fall” throughout the nation.

He reiterated that the falling variety of deaths additionally indicated that “we were past the peak of the virus” within the UK.

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