667 more hospital patients have died with COVID-19 in England – bringing total to 10,261.
Of the 667 new deaths announced today, 118 occurred on April 12 while 537 took place between April 1 and April 11.
The remaining 12 deaths occurred in March, with the earliest new death taking place on March 26.
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.
The figures published today by NHS England show that April 8 currently has the highest total for the most hospital deaths occurring on a single day – 737 – although this could change in future updates.
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. There will also be a lag in reporting due to the long Bank Holiday weekend.
The real number of fatalities – including those in care homes, at home etc – will be higher.
A total of 575 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus, up by nine from 566 on Sunday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.
In Wales, 15 more people have died – taking the total to 384 deaths. In Norther Ireland, there’s been a further 124 deaths.
The total number of UK hospital death now stands at 11,344.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson tested negative for coronavirus before leaving hospital for his country retreat and is now focused on his recovery.
M Johnson will not be doing any Government work and WILL only return to his office in Number 10 on the advice of his medical team, Downing Street said.
He is current at Chequers after a seven-night stay in London’s St Thomas’ Hospital.
In other coronavirus-related news:
- A Staffordshire man has been left heartbroken after his parents and sister all contracted COVIID-19 and died within two weeks. Read the full story here.
- Single-mum Victoria Astley has told how an Aldi security guard refused to let her go shopping – because she had her twin boys with her. Read the full story here.
- A popular Stoke-on-Trent cabaret club has donated 250 handmade pizzas to the hard-working Royal Stoke University Hospital staff battling against the global coronavirus pandemic. Read the full story here.
- New bins guidance for Stoke-on-Trent with coronavirus pressure rising. Read the full story here.
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