A further 429 hospital patients have died with COVID-19 in England – bringing the total to 14,829
NHS England releases updated figures each day showing the dates of every coronavirus-related death in hospitals in England, often including new deaths that took place several days or even weeks ago.
This is because of the time it takes for deaths to be confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19, for post-mortem tests to be processed, and for data from the tests to be validated.
It’s important to note that this isn’t the total number of people who have died – 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.
In other news: Trials for a coronavirus vaccine could begin at the end of this week – but the World Health Organization has warned they might not work and lifestyle restrictions could become the “new normal”.
Oxford University’s Professor Sarah Gilbert said that there were about 140 vaccines in development, with trials set to start this week.
But WHO Covid-19 envoy David Nabarro sounded a note of caution as he said it is not always possible to develop a vaccine for every virus that is safe and effective.
Meanwhile, Prince Philip has issued a rare statement to thank those involved in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic to break his silence since retiring from royal duties.
The Duke, 98, hail the work of NHS staff, scientists striving to develop a vaccine, and binmen and food production staff working to keep the country moving.
“On behalf of those of us who remain safe and at home, I also wanted to thank all key workers who ensure the infrastructure of our life continues,” Prince Philip said.
And, in other coronavirus news:
– A Stoke-on-trent grandmother has made a miraculous recovery from coronavirus after being admitted to hospital on the same day as her mother-in-law.
Carla Lees and her mother-in-law Brenda Lees, who live together with Carla’s husband Mike and their son Dave, were both admitted to the Royal Stoke University Hospital on April 8 and tested positive for COVID-19 two days later.
You can read the full story here.
– An image showing dozens of cars at a Staffordshire beauty spot which has been shared by police has sparked a huge debate about social distancing during lockdown.
The image – which shows cars parked at Highgate Common, in South Staffordshire – was posted by police on their website who said they had ‘spent time educating those turning up to enjoy the sunny weather and will continue to be a visible presence across the county to encourage social distancing and responsible behaviour’.
Read the story here.
Around 500 Stoke-on-Trent businesses are yet to apply for their share of the £57 million small business grant.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council has already issued around £29.5 million in small business grants to boost companies across the city, and is urging those which may be eligible, but haven’t responded to come forward for funding.
Read this story here.