UK records highest single day coronavirus death toll of 980

With the total death toll standing at 8,978, citizens have been urged to remain in their homes over the course of the Easter weekend.

UK sees it scariest day with 980 coronavirus deaths in a single day
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The coronavirus death toll now stands at 8,958 in the UK after recording its largest single-day death toll on Thursday. The 980 deaths represent the largest toll in Europe till day.

According to the health secretary, Matt Hancock, as of Thursday, 5 pm, 980 hospitalized patients have died.

Meanwhile, in Italy, where 18,800 people died after testing positive to the virus, it has its highest single-day peak at 969 while Spain has its worst day at 950 deaths.

However, France has reported over 1,000 deaths in a single day. But unlike these other countries, the figures represent both patients in hospitals and those in nursing homes. It’s not until recently that France started adding care home figures in its daily stats. Besides, some of these cases might have happened over a month ago.

Furthermore, the UK government on Friday confirmed that the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus now stands at 73,758. Also, a total of 256,605 people already took the test.

The deputy chief medical officer, Jonathan Van-Tam, said the UK is still in a “dangerous phase” regarding the number of new cases of coronavirus.

While referencing data from March 16 to April 10, he said: “You can see the broad trend, that we have been in an increasing phase and we are now at a point where we are at a high level, and the numbers are varying day by day.”

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Also, he added that the country is still in a dangerous phase, and added that it is not over yet.

Also, on Sunday, Dominic Raab, the first secretary of state, said it’s still too early to ease lockdown measures. The lockdown has restricted the movement of people, in a bid to contain the spread of the virus.

Britains should stay in their homes over the Easter weekend to fight coronavirus

Also on Friday, the health secretary urged people to stay in their homes despite the Easter weekend.

At a press conference on Friday, he said, every single citizen has a part to play in this plan as this is a national effort.

“This Easter will be another test of the nation’s resolve. It’s a time of year when people normally come together.”

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