A total of 14,576 patients have died in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Thursday, the Department of Health said, up by 847 from 13,729 the day before.
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.
Also revealed today, Downing Street suggested summer holidays should not be booked yet as there is no certainty of when the lockdown will be lifted and travel can resume.
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The Prime Minister’s official spokesman was asked during a Westminster briefing about Transport Secretary Grant Shapps’ comments that he has no plans to book a summer holiday yet because of the pandemic.
The spokesman said: “While we are making progress in our fight against coronavirus, we are not able to say with certainty the point at which the social distancing measures can be relaxed and in terms of travelling within the United Kingdom for holidays, that is not something which the current social distancing guidelines allow for.
“And secondly, in terms of travel abroad, the advice of the Foreign Office continues to be that you should go abroad for essential travel only.
“As of today, it is a fact that both the guidelines and the official Foreign Office advice do not allow for people going on holidays.”
In other coronavirus-related news:
- Stoke City is set to become a coronavirus testing centre for NHS staff and other key workers. Read the full story here.
- An investigation has been launched into Stoke-on-Trent City Council workers allegedly flouting social distancing rules. Read the full story here.
- Pottery-giant Steelite International has extended its shutdown for a further two weeks. Read the full story here.
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