UK announces 473 more coronavirus deaths in hospitals – taking total number of COVID-19 victims to 26,570 By Stephen Matthews Health Editor For Mailonline Published: 09:18 EDT, 30 April 2020 | Updated: 09:18 EDT, 30 April 2020 Britain today announced 473 more coronavirus deaths in hospitals, taking the UK’s official death toll to 26,570. NHS
UK announces 473 more coronavirus deaths in hospitals – taking total number of COVID-19 victims to 26,570
Britain today announced 473 more coronavirus deaths in hospitals, taking the UK’s official death toll to 26,570.
The Department of Health has yet to post the official count, which is expected to be even higher and include deaths that occurred outside of hospitals.
Amid fears thousands of victims were being missed, ministers caved in to mounting pressure to include COVID-19 fatalities in care homes in the daily update.
Officials yesterday – the first day of the new recording scheme – added an extra 3,811 deaths onto the tally. The revised count saw Britain jump to third in the global COVID-19 fatality table, and meant Britain’s daily death toll exceeded 1,000 nine times in April.
But top statisticians argued the recount was still thousands short because only Brits who tested positive for the virus were included. One leading expert claimed the true number would be more than 30,000.
In other developments to the coronavirus crisis today:
- Boris Johnson is set to signal lockdown will stay until June as he gathers Cabinet to thrash out an ‘exit strategy’;
- A report has warned that London’s transport network could be crippled when the UK eases lockdown measures after TfL furloughed 7,000 staff;
- Ministers have admitted the government will ‘probably’ miss Matt Hancock’s target for carrying out 100,000 tests a day;
- A poll has found two-thirds of the public believe the government acted too late in imposing the lockdown;
- Fresh questions have been raised about the SAGE group amid claims that it has been influenced by politicians and senior officials;
- NHS fundraising hero Tom Moore has been promoted to colonel and honoured with an RAF flypast to mark his 100th birthday;
- Top surgeons have warned thousands of people will die of COVID-19 if Britain’s strict lockdown is lifted at this stage.
Slowly rising traffic: At rush hour 8am today traffic was up on the same day last week but down on yesterday . Congestion was 50% below average today – almost as high as Monday’s busiest day of the lockdown yet when it was 49% below average. That was a 2% increase on last week
London: Apple mobility data for London also paints a similar picture. Driving has increased 2% this week and walking was up 8% at the weekend during the sunny weather but plunged when rain hit on Monday