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Coronavirus death toll in the UK rises by 708, including child fatality

By April 5, 2020 No Comments
The United Kingdom has recorded 708 new deaths from coronavirus, the largest one-day rise since the outbreak began.
According to figures released on Saturday by the Department of Health and Social Care, a total of 4,313 people have now died in the UK.
Police enforce social distancing measures at Brighton Beach in southern England.(PA/AAP)
The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus is 41,903, an increase of 3,735 from the previous day’s figures. Gove said that seven healthcare workers had so far died from the virus.
The UK’s social distancing rules will remain in force for several more weeks, despite signs the coronavirus outbreak is slowing, one of the country’s leading epidemiologists has said.
A community in Cheshire, north west England performs their social distance dance.(PA/AAP)
Professor Neil Ferguson, one of the experts who has been advising the government on its response, told the BBC there’s been an 85 per cent drop in the typical number of people movements outside homes since the rules were put in place.
He says that’s vital to limiting the spread of the virus.
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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson claps outside 11 Downing Street to salute local heroes during Thursday’s nationwide Clap for Carers NHS initiative to applaud workers fighting the coronavirus pandemic, in London.(Pippa Fowles/10 Downing Street via AP))
“The critical thing first is to get case numbers down, and then I’m hopeful… in a few weeks’ time we will be able to move to a regime which will not be normal life — let me emphasize that — but will be somewhat more relaxed in terms of social distancing and the economy, but relying more on testing,” he said.
Stephen Powis, National Medical Director of NHS England, said Saturday the death rate from the virus continues to be high, and “is likely to continue over the next week or two.”
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the government will continue to keep the social distancing restrictions under review, and relax them “if and when the evidence shows we are able to.
Nurses scrub an NHS ambulance as the UK recorded 708 new deaths from coronavirus.(PA/AAP)
When asked about a timescale for when restrictions would end, Gove said “it depends on compliance.”
The minister added that there was “no specific date in the calendar at which we can say that things will change.”
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