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Coronavirus: Another 717 coronavirus patients die in UK hospitals – taking total to 11,329

By June 14, 2020 No Comments

Another 717 coronavirus patients have died in UK hospitals, taking the nationwide total to 11,329.

It is the lowest increase recorded over the Bank Holiday weekend, after 980 on Friday, which surpassed the worst confirmed daily totals in Italy and Spain, 917 on Saturday and 737 on Sunday.

The number of people who have been tested for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, rose to 290,720 following another 15,506 tests on Monday – with 88,821 having now tested positive in the UK.

The figures were announced by the Department of Health.

MANCHESTER,  - MARCH 26: A giant television over the A57 Motorway urges people to stay home on March 26, 2020 in Manchester, England. British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced strict lockdown measures urging people to stay at home and only leave the house for basic food shopping, exercise once a day and essential travel to and from work. The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has spread to at least 182 countries, claiming over 10,000 lives and infecting hundreds of thousands more. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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Updates were provided earlier by authorities in each home nation.

NHS England announced another 667 coronavirus patients had died in hospitals in England, taking the total in the country to 10,261.

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Of those latest deaths, 118 occurred on 12 April while 537 took place between 1 April and 11 April.

The remaining 12 deaths happened last month, going back as far as 26 March.

Patients were aged between 17 and 101 – and 40 of those (aged 37 to 98) had no underlying health conditions.

Another nine deaths were also recorded in Scotland, 15 in Wales, and six in Northern Ireland.

The different nations in the UK collate their figures at different times throughout the day, so there are sometimes discrepancies between the government’s total and when each nation’s numbers are added together.

According to the regional statistics, the number of deaths now stands at:

  • England – 10,261
  • Scotland – 575
  • Wales – 384
  • Northern Ireland – 124

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned that figures are always expected to be lower after the weekend because of how they are reported, and anticipates higher increases in the coming days.

The SNP leader also told her daily news briefing that the UK lockdown was likely to be extended this week, taking it beyond the original three-week time frame set out by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is still deputising for Mr Johnson while he recovers from coronavirus, after being discharged from hospital on Easter Sunday.

Mr Raab has been chairing meetings focused on the outbreak. An official confirmation of an extension to the lockdown is not expected until later this week.

Government figures have repeatedly insisted that no decision will be made until evidence on the impact of social distancing measures has been analysed by the the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).

SAGE is due to meet this week and present its findings to the government.

Measures are starting to be relaxed in one of Europe’s most badly hit countries, Spain, where some non-essential workers are returning to their jobs.

It comes after Spain reported its lowest daily growth in confirmed coronavirus infections in three weeks, with 517 fatalities recorded on Monday – down from 619 on Sunday.

Spain’s total death count is 17,489 and its number of confirmed cases – 169,496 – puts it behind only the US globally, according to official figures being tracked by Johns Hopkins University.

However, French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday announced an extension of France’s lockdown until 11 May.

He said there were “hopeful signs” the spread of the virus in the country was stabilising, but added: “It is not over yet.”

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