Covid-19: Again, UK deaths shoot up in one day

Britain’s coronavirus death toll has risen to 4,974 today after 621 more people died.

A total of 47,806 across the UK have now tested positive for coronavirus after 5,903 more people were infected.

Fewer deaths were announced today than the 708 yesterday or the 684 on Friday.

But the number of new daily infections jumped – as 5,903 more people tested positive in the past 24 hours, compared to 3,735 yesterday.

A 35-year-old was among 29 patients with no underlying health conditions to have died.

In England, the death toll rose to 4,494 after 555 more people died.

NHS England said the patients were between the ages of 33 and 103 years old.

While in Northern Ireland, there have been a further seven deaths – bringing the total to 63.

Wales has reported 12 more deaths – with their total now at 166.

In Scotland, a further two people have died – bringing the total number of deaths to 220.

The Department of Health revealed the number of tests being carried out increased after promises by the government to ramp it up.

Yesterday, just 10,984 tests were done – but today 12,334 tests were done.

It has taken 15 days for number of confirmed cases to go from just over 5,000 to nearly 50,000.

It comes as Health Secretary Matt Hancock this morning threatened to ban exercise outside if Brits won’t stick to lockdown rules – as he blasted sunbathers for refusing to obey them.

But some were still snapped not practising social distancing as they worked out in parks and cycled in large groups – forcing one London park to shut.

Mr Hancock told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show today: “We’ve said because of the positive benefits to your physical and your mental health that it’s OK to exercise on your own or with members of your own household.

“But if the result of that is that too many people go out and flout the other rules because they say ‘well if I can exercise then it’s fine for me to do other things’ then I’m afraid we will have to take action.

“If you don’t want us to take the step to ban exercise of all forms outside the home, you have got to follow the rules.

“Let’s not have a minority spoiling it for everybody.”

Yesterday, a five-year-old child became Britain’s youngest coronavirus victim.
The young victim is now believed to be the youngest Covid-19 death in Europe after a 12-year-old girl passed away in Belgium earlier this week.

Previously, Britain’s youngest coronavirus victim was “very healthy” 13-year-old Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab, who died in hospital in London on Monday.

Yesterday, it was revealed five London bus drivers tragically died after contracting coronavirus.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has now blasted commuters who refuse to stay at home and pack onto the crowded bus and tube services still operating on a reduced schedule.

At least eight medics have died fighting the killer bug – including three nurses.

John Alagos, 23, is the third nurse and the youngest British medic believed to have died not been wearing the proper protective clothing while at work, his devastated mum told The Mail on Sunday.

The two other nurses died of coronavirus are believed to have been infected by patients.

Aimee O’Rourke, 38, and Areema Nasreen, 36, sadly passed away after treating coronavirus patients on the frontline.

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