No respite for UK: Coronavirus deaths surpass 18,000

There is no respite as Coronavirus deaths in the United Kingdom have surpassed 18,000.

No fewer than 665 people have died in England alone in the last 24 hours.

According to The Sun, the death toll in the UK is now put at 18,002.

The figures exclude deaths in care centres, hospices and private home

In Scotland, the number of coronavirus deaths in hospitals has now passed 1,000 (1,062), after 77 more coronavirus deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours.

Among the latest UK deaths was Julie Penfold, an “exceptional” nurse, 53, who had fostered more than 20 children in her lifetime.

She joins more than 100 frontline medics who have died from covid-19, including orthopaedic surgeon Sadeq Elhowsh, 58, – whose coffin was clapped by hundreds of NHS workers in an emotional send off.

Meanwhile, new stats suggest the UK’s death toll could be 40% higher than reported, the newspaper reported.

Figures revealed yesterday that 13,121 fatalities in England and Wales up to April 10 – compared to the 9,288 announced at the time.

The difference is down to deaths that happened outside hospital – including at care homes, hospices and private homes – as well as delays in recording fatalities.

According to the Sun, it comes as officials revealed as many as 2,000 people may have died in care homes over the four day Easter weekend.

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