UK coronavirus death toll rises to 14,576 as another 847 including healthy 34-year-old die – but rate appears to plateau – The Sun


CORONAVIRUS deaths in the UK have jumped to 14,576 after 847 more people died in hospital.

But the death rate appears to be levelling off as it has stayed roughly between 750 and 850 for the past five days.

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The Department of Health confirmed today that 108,692 people have tested positive for the deadly bug – up 5,599 from yesterday's figures.

The current numbers are based on those who have died in hospitals – if deaths outside of hospital were factored in, the UK toll could be as much as 50 per cent higher, recent figures suggest.

In England, the number of people to have died from the bug jumped by 738 today, bringing England's total to 13,134.

Over the past five days, England's death rate has remained fairly consistent – with between roughly 650 and 750 deaths recorded each day.

Today, Nicola Sturgeon confirmed another 58 coronavirus deaths had been registered in Scotland, bringing the death toll there to 837.

In Wales, 506 people have now died – up by 11 from yesterday's figures.

Northern Ireland today recorded a further 18 deaths, meaning 176 people have now died in the region.

TRAGIC LOSS

Among the latest deaths is new mum Salina Shaw, 37, who died just a few days after giving birth to her daughter.

A shocking 20 London bus drivers have also died – including eight in the past three days.

The drivers are among 26 transport workers and more than 40 NHS heroes – including "Warm and caring" Julianne Cadby, who worked for the NHS for 30 years and nurse Aimee O'Rourke – to have been killed by the deadly bug.

UP to 40,000 Brits could die during the first wave of the spread – making it the worst hit country in Europe, a leading expert has warned.

Professor Anthony Costello, of the UCL Institute for Global Health, added that the UK could endure up to nine more waves after lockdown measures are relaxed.

Among the deaths could be as many as 5,300 care home residents, as a 'tsunami' of infections sweeps UK care centres.

The figures are "frightening" to Europe, who say Britain's coronavirus outbreak is rising four times faster than elsewhere in the continent.

'TOO LATE'

Austria's Health Minister Rudolf Anschober said Britain's lockdown measures were issued too late, as charts show the UK failing to slow its infection rate rise.

A UK government adviser has also claimed that thousands of lives could have been saved if the UK had been locked down sooner.

Prof Graham Medley told MPs on the Commons Science and Technology Committee that death rates and hospital admissions had slowed considerably, but asked if an earlier lockdown might have saved lives, he added: “Had we gone into this state of lockdown in mid-January, then, quite possibly, we would have had very, very few cases.”

Last night Britain extended its lockdown for another three weeks, with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab claiming social distancing measures were helping to halt the spread.

Police also laid out a number of "reasonable" excuses to leave home over the next few weeks – such as when people are allowed to sit on benches.

One of many Brits battling to slow the spread is Captain Tom Moore, whose astonishing NHS fundraiser hit £18million this morning.

But despite efforts, UK coronavirus deaths passed the 13,000 mark yesterday after 861 more people lost their lives.

The total number of infections also broke 100,000 in a grim new milestone for Britain.

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The long bank holiday weekend has been blamed for the recent spike in daily deaths, but experts say the slight rise was expected – and probably due to hospitals clearing a backlog from Easter.

Figures from England show hundreds of newly announced deaths were from Friday to Monday, with one dated March 9.

It means the daily death toll may have peaked with the 980 reported on Friday and is now levelling off.

Prof James Naismith, from the University of Oxford, said: “As expected the Easter weekend has introduced additional volatility into the daily numbers.

“The rise in numbers of deaths may well have arisen from reporting delays rather than a resumption of rising daily number of deaths. This particular measure may hopefully have peaked.”

HIDDEN DEATHS

Pressure is now mounting on the government to report the number of hidden deaths outside hospital in their daily UK tally to get a better idea of the true death toll.

The Office for National Statistics found Covid-19 was responsible for 6,235 deaths in England and Wales by April 3 – including backdated hospital deaths and those who died elsewhere.

This figure is almost 2,000 higher than the official number reported by the Department of Health, which only records hospital deaths, on April 4.

The ONS found 217 care home deaths were linked to coronavirus by April 3 – ten times more than the 20 reported at the end of the previous week.

 

The full scale of the Covid-19 meltdown emerged in government figures, which predicted the country’s economy may be slashed by a record 35 per cent by June.

Unemployment could rocket to 3.4 million and the deficit may spiral to £218billion this year.

The figures, produced by the Office for Budget Responsibility, predict a slump not seen since the 1700s.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is now said to be pushing to have measures eased by next month to save the economy and stop up to two million people losing their jobs.

Europe has now suffered more than one million cases of coronavirus – making it the worst hit continent in the pandemic.

According to a tally by AFP, 2,135,414 COVID-19 infections and 141,127 deaths have been registered globally.

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