Monday, 6 April 2020

Britain's coronavirus death toll jumps to 5,368

England, Scotland and Wales have declared 434 more deaths from the coronavirus today, taking the UK's total to 5,368. 

Scotland and Wales have independently declared 31 extra deaths in the past 24 hours.

The statistics are a glimmer of hope as the increase in death numbers is the lowest it has been since March 31, when it was 381.

However, numbers of fatalities recorded on Sundays and published on Mondays have, since the outbreak in the UK began, been followed by an upward surge on Tuesday.

The Department of Health's all-UK roundup is expected to be published this afternoon.

Scotland was the first to declare new cases today, with 255 new positive tests and just four new deaths, taking its totals to 222 and 3,961.

Wales declared a further 302 cases and 27 more deaths, meaning it has now had 3,499 positive tests and 193 people have died. 

NHS England revealed 403 more deaths have been recorded in its hospitals, among people aged between 35 and 106.

All but 15 of them had other health problems.

The majority of the deaths happened in London again, with a total of 129, followed by 75 in the Midlands, 67 in the North East and Yorkshire, 44 in the East of England, 43 in the North West, 27 in the South West and 18 in the South East.

Today's statistics come as Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in hospital after being admitted in central London last night because he has had a fever for so long.

The PM's spokesman said he is still 'under observation' and refused to say whether he has been diagnosed with pneumonia.

But he insisted Mr Johnson is in 'good spirits' and still in contact with aides.

The 55-year-old was admitted to St Thomas' Hospital, which is near Downing Street, last night after doctors raised alarm that his temperature still not subsided 10 days after his positive test.

There are warnings from ministers that he has 'risked his health' by keeping up a frantic work rate, while one senior Tory said he must learn he is 'not indispensable' and has to rest. 


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