Child, 11, dies of coronavirus while death toll in the UK rises from 917 to 9,875 – 63 lower than the day before
Child, 11, becomes one of the youngest victims of the coronavirus in Britain, as Covid-19 claims 917 lives in the past 24 hours – less than yesterday’s record 980
- It’s a drop from yesterday’s 980 deaths, the highest number recorded in one day so far
- But it sets Britain on course to reach the grim milestone of 10,000 deaths on Easter Sunday
- The total number of cases also rose by 5,233 to 78,991 today after another 18,091 tests were performed
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An 11-year-old is one of 917 patients who died in the UK after a positive test for coronavirus, bringing the total death toll to 9875.
It’s a drop from yesterday’s 980 deaths, which is the highest recorded in one day so far, surpassing even the worst days of Italy and Spain.
But it sets Britain on course to reach the grim milestone of 10,000 deaths on Easter Sunday.
The total number of cases also rose by 5,233 to 78,991 today after another 18,091 tests were performed.
NHS England reported that another 823 patients had died in their hospitals in the past 24 hours.
Those who died in England were between 11 and 102 years old, and 33 of them – between 29 and 94 years old – had no underlying health problems.
Scotland confirmed another 47 deaths today, bringing the country’s total death toll to 542.
The increase in deaths came when ministers begged the British to stay indoors on a warm Easter weekend.
But a section of the public ignored these instructions and flocked to the parks of the country, causing the police on horseback to patrol to intervene.
Police have warned not to misuse their new strengthened powers by Interior Minister Priti Patel, who will confirm today’s latest figures during the daily press briefing in Downing Street.
Another grim day in the British coronavirus epidemic:
- A quarrel arose between health secretary Matt Hancock and a top nurse over his claims that physicians were using too many personal protective equipment;
- Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer led the response to the health secretary’s claim that NHS personnel “wasted” PPE;
- Downing Street said the Prime Minister was making extremely good progress in his recovery from the corona virus;
- Former Home Secretary David Blunkett has “Sermons on the Mountain” accused ministers and officials of the corona virus briefings of “hectoring” people;
- Scientists said coronavirus can spread 13 FEET of patients – more than twice the 6ft social distance demanded by the government – and isolating infected people at home is not a good strategy
Paramedics take a patient to St. Thomas’ Hospital, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson is recovering from the coronavirus
A homemade sign on the Yorkshire Moors warns visitors to go home as the country continues to live under shutdown restrictions
Ms Patel, who was largely absent from the government’s public response to the health emergency, is likely to double calls to stay indoors.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock begged the public not to go out this morning as the nation is entering the critical period of the epidemic.
He said it is not clear whether the UK has reached the peak of its outbreak, but acknowledged that hospital admissions are leveling off.
He told BBC Radio 4’s BBC Today program: “The good news is that we’ve seen the number of hospital admissions begin – I am beginning to emphasize -.
“You can see (from the government charts) that instead of going up exponentially, as they would have if we hadn’t taken the measures, they are starting to fall and flatten.
“We haven’t seen that enough to have confidence to make changes.
“No one knows the answer to your question whether we’ve reached the top.”
A policeman on a horse talks to sunbathers in Victoria Park, London, while the British continue to bask in the glorious Easter sun
A group of eight police officers walked past people doing their daily exercises at St James’s Park in central London