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UK coronavirus death toll continues to grow as 235 more lives lost in hospitals

UK coronavirus death toll continues to grow as 235 more lives lost in hospitals
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The UK’s coronavirus hospital death toll has increased to 28,996 after 235 more fatalities were reported.

England reported 166 new deaths, Scotland had 50 and Wales recorded 14 and Northern Ireland had five.

The daily number of 235 is down considerably from the previous Wednesday totals of 329 on May 13, 449 on May 6, 610 on April 29, 791 on April 22, 801 on April 15 and 936 on April 8.

The UK death toll in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and private homes, officially stands at 35,341 as of 5pm on Monday and will be updated later by the Department of Health.

However, the true total is believed to be closer to 45,000 after new figures based on death certificates were revealed this week.

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Paramedics treat a possible Covid-19 in London earlier in thecoronavirus pandemic

During Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, Boris Johnson announced that the deaths of 181 NHS staff and 131 social care workers have been reported as involving Covid-19.

A further 166 patients have died in hospitals in England, the NHS announced on Wednesday, taking the country’s total to 25,080.

The patients were aged between 33 and 99.

Five had no known underlying health conditions.

The breakdown by region is as follows:

Midlands – 42

North East and Yorkshire – 37

East of England – 32

North West – 21

South East – 17

London – 13

South West – 5



A man wears a protective face mask on the Tube in London

Of the 166 new deaths announced by NHS England:

– 31 occurred on May 19

– 63 occurred on May 18

– 17 occurred on May 17

The figures also show 48 of the new deaths took place between May 4 and May 16, five deaths occurred in April and the remaining two deaths took place in March, with the earliest death on March 24.

NHS England releases updated figures each day showing the dates of every coronavirus-related death in hospitals in England, often including previously uncounted deaths that took place several days or even weeks ago.



There were queues as a McDonald’s in Chelmsford opened its drive-thru on Wednesday

This is because of the time it takes for deaths to be confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19, for post-mortem examinations to be processed and for data from the tests to be validated.

The figures published today by NHS England show April 8 continues to have the highest number for the most hospital deaths occurring on a single day, with a current total of 889.

The number of deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK has passed 44,500, according to the latest available data.

Wednesday’s figures from the National Records of Scotland, showing that 3,546 deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered in Scotland up to May 17, follow figures on Tuesday from the Office for National Statistics that showed 39,071 deaths involving Covid-19 occurred in England and Wales up to May 8 (and had been registered up to May 16).

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The latest figures from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, published last week, showed 599 deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered in Northern Ireland up to May 13.

Together, these figures mean that so far 43,216 deaths have been registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, including suspected cases.

A further 1,532 hospital patients in England who had tested positive for Covid-19 died between May 9 and May 19, according to figures published on Wednesday by NHS England – which, together with the total figure of 43,216 registered deaths, indicates the overall death toll for the UK is now over 44,500.

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Giving the daily Health Protection Scotland figures, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said its official hospital toll was 2,184, up 50 from 2,134 on Tuesday.

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, the First Minister said 14,751 people have now tested positive for the virus in Scotland, a rise of 96 from 14,655 the day before.

There are 1,443 patients in hospital with confirmed or suspected Covid-19, a decrease of four from 1,447 on Tuesday, and 53 people are in intensive care, a fall of six.

She added preliminary analysis found that in Scotland “there is not a higher level of Covid-19 cases than would be expected” in minority ethnic communities.

Public Health Wales said a further 14 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of deaths in Wales to 1,238.

Another 110 people tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 12,680.

The number of people who have died after testing positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland has risen to 494 after five more deaths were reported by the Department of Health.

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