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UK hits grim milestone of more than 35,000 deaths as 545 more die

UK hits grim milestone of more than 35,000 deaths as 545 more die

UK hits grim milestone of more than 35,000 deaths as 545 more die

Another 545 people have died after testing positive for Covid-19, meaning the UK has 
now recorded more than 35,000 deaths. A total of 248,818 people have tested positive for the virus in the UK and the death toll currently stands at 35,341. The figure includes people who have died after testing positive in hospitals, as well as in care 

homes and the wider community. The Department of Health and Social Care began including fatalities outside of hospitals in their official daily count recently, amid concerns that there was a significant hidden death toll in care homes across the country. Earlier, NHS England recorded 174 more deaths in hospitals – but this does not take into account other settings like care homes. Across all settings, Scotland 

announced 29 more deaths, while Wales had 17 and Northern Ireland confirmed 7. The UK has now far surpassed coronavirus-struck Italy and Spain to have the highest death toll in Europe and the world’s second highest after the US – which has a population nearly five times bigger. Visit our live blog for the latest updates: Coronavirus news live But data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggested the UK’s true Covid-19 death toll has surpassed 44,000.

UK hits grim milestone of more than 35,000 deaths as 545 more die

It also showed that the death toll in care homes across the UK has surpassed 10,000 as of May 8. Figures were based on fatalities where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, including suspected cases. It comes after charities and managers of care 

homes housing people with learning disabilities and autism have said they are being denied coronavirus tests. Government advice states that ‘at the moment’ tests can only be provided to care homes which look after ‘older people or people with dementia’. New data by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) revealed a 175 per cent rise in 

unexpected deaths in places where people with autism and learning disabilities live between April 10 to May 8, compared to the same period last year.

This morning former Prime Minister Gordon Brown criticised the Government for changing its slogan to ‘stay alert’, arguing the focus should instead be on increasing the number of people getting tested. He has called on Boris Johnson to explain to MPs 

exactly how he is going to raise the number of tests being carried out, saying it should increase by ‘hundreds of thousands’. Mr Brown urged the Scottish and UK Governments to work together to plan a joint test, trace and isolate strategy.

Scotland and the other devolved nations are currently operating under different lockdown measures after Mr Johnson announced he would relax some restrictions 

earlier this month, with leaders rejecting the ‘stay alert’ message. Yesterday, health secretary Matt Hancock announced that testing for coronavirus was now available to anyone over the age of five who shows symptoms in the UK. Mr Hancock previously faced criticism for claiming the UK had met its 100,000 tests-a-day target by the end of April, after it emerged that included in that figure were home tests that had been sent out but not yet processed.



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