Coronavirus latest: UK death toll now more than 11,000

More than 11,000 people have now died in the UK after testing positive for Covid-19 in hospitals.

In England, 667 more hospital patients have died with COVID-19 in England – bringing total in England alone 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.

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.

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.

As of yesterday’s update from the Department of Health 82 people who have tested positive for coronavirus have died at the University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust – which consists of Royal Stoke University Hospital and Stafford’s County Hospital.

There have also been 46 deaths at the Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which includes Crewe’s Leighton Hospital and 25 at East Cheshire NHS Trust – which includes Macclesfield District General Hospital and Congleton War Memorial Hospital.

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