The number of people who have died with coronavirus in the UK has risen by 596 to 16,060 – according to figures released by the Department of Health this afternoon.
It’s important to note that this isn’t the number of people who have died after testing positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours – it’s the number of people who have died in hospital having contracted coronavirus that have been included in today’s publicly released figures by the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England.
Many hospitals will not report deaths that happened over the weekend until the middle of the following week.
The real number of fatalities – including those in care homes, at home etc – will be higher.
The Department of Health said: “As of 9am 19 April, 482,063 tests have concluded, with 21,626 tests on 18 April. 372,967 people have been tested of which 120,067 tested positive. As of 5pm on 18 April, of those hospitalised in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 16,060 have sadly died.”
There were 482 deaths reported in England.
Ten more deaths were confirmed in Scotland, bringing the total there to 903, while in Wales another 41 deaths brought their total up to 575. One death was confirmed in Northern Ireland.
In other updates:
There are now 273 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Stoke-on-Trent, another 1,159 in Staffordshire and 571 in Cheshire East, according to Public Health England figures released yesterday – although as always the actual number of cases will be far higher. An updated figure is set to be released later today.
On Saturday afternoon the Department of Health confirmed a total of 15,464 people have died with Covid-19 at UK hospitals – including 118 at Royal Stoke and Stafford’s County Hospital, one at Harplands Hospital, 77 at the trust that includes Crewe’s Leighton Hospital and 47 at the hospital trust that includes hospitals in Macclesfield and Congleton.
Worldwide there have been 161,330 deaths and more than 2.3m confirmed cases. There have also been 602,793 confirmed recoveries – including at least 190 at Royal Stoke University Hosptial.
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