In just 24 hours 500,000 people have signed up to help the NHS as volunteers during the coronavirus crisis.
The helpers are needed for delivering food and medicines, driving patients to appointments and phoning the isolated. The scheme is one of a number aimed at relieving pressure on the NHS.
The number of people who have died in the UK after contracting coronavirus has risen by 43 to 465. It represents the smallest rise in the number of deaths since March 17 – more than a week ago.
They included a 47-year-old who did not have an underlying health condition.
The others who died, including one person aged 93, did have underlying health conditions.
NHS England said their families have been informed.
One of the deaths was at the University Hospitals of North Midlands – which comprises Royal Stoke University Hospital and Stafford County Hospital. The NHS statement did not clarify which of the two hospitals.
There was the biggest increase in the number of infections across the UK – up 1,542 to 9,529. In England, 28 people died in 24 hours.
In Stoke-on-Trent the number has risen to 12 confirmed cases, there are now 97 in Staffordshire and 30 in Cheshire East – although since generally only those taken to hospital are tested the actual figures will be far higher. The number of people who have had coronavirus will be higher as not every case is tested.
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