UK coronavirus death toll jumps by more than 820 as new data shows total figure could be 41 per cent higher

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The number of people who have died in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK has reached 17,337, up from 16,509 in 24 hours. The difference between the Department of Health’s daily hospital death tolls shows an increase of 828 fatalities, the first rise in figures since Saturday when 888 hospital deaths were reported. Although comparing the figures shows a jump of 828 deaths, the Department of Health suggested the toll had jumped by 823.

At the Downing Street press briefing on Tuesday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the daily death toll was up by 852. 
It is currently unclear why the figures vary. The death toll had dropped to 596 on Sunday, and 449 on Monday, the lowest rise for two weeks, before spiking again on Tuesday.

Officials said 129,044 have tested positive for the coronavirus. While the death toll spiked on Tuesday, the number of infections dropped to its lowest since April 7. It comes as the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed deaths in England and Wales involving coronavirus could be 41 per cent higher than previously recorded.

In pictures: COVID-19 outbreak around the world

A woman is seen in a protective suit as she waits to board a train heading to Shanghai, at Wuhan Railway Station in China on April 21. 

A fireman sprays disinfectant at a gas pump in Nairobi, Kenya, on April 20.

People are seen fishing in masks as state parks are reopened in Galveston, Texas, U.S., on April 20.

A “Thank You” message is seen for medical workers on the windows of a building in New York City, New York, U.S., on April 20. 

An anti-stay-at-home demonstrator holds a sign in Augusta, Maine, U.S., on April 20.

A nearly empty freeway intersection is seen in Pasadena, California, U.S., on April 20. 

Healthcare workers clap and wave as Toronto Police and the city’s frontline responders pay tribute to healthcare workers in Toronto, Canada on April 19.National Procurement Authority workers spray disinfectants to the hand of a man in Kabul, Afghanistan on April 19.A Glovo food delivery executive wearing a face mask walks past a deserted Puerta del Sol square during the lockdown in Madrid, Spain, on April 19.People fly kites with “stay at home” phrases as part of an initiative launched by Jordan Kuwait Bank to support unemployed individuals and raise awareness against the coronavirus disease, in Amman, Jordan, on April 19.A man dressed up as Batman gives a birthday cake to a child wearing face mask in front of his home, in Monterrey, Mexico on April 18.U.S. President Donald Trump compares a swab for COVID-19 testing with regular cotton swabs, during the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on April 19.Emergency medical personnel check a patient who was in isolation at home but started experiencing worsening symptoms, in Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S., on April 17.

Candles are lit in the shape of a giant cross in memory of coronavirus victims, in Zella-Mehlis, Germany, on April 17.

Police check vehicles on July 15 Martyrs Bridge during restrictions imposed as part of the measures to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, in Istanbul, Turkey, on April 18.An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) wearing personal protective equipment walks out of the Cobble Hill Health Center nursing home during the ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, U.S., on April 17.A health worker rests her back against a wall at the Manuel Belgrano hospital, where medical professionals protest over the lack of protective equipment and demand tests after several of their colleagues got infected with COVID-19, in San Martin, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on April 17.Firefighters play their instruments in honor of health workers from a basket atop a ladder at the Santa Casa hospital in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on April 17.A worker disinfects the floor of a supermarket in Pristina, Kosovo, on April 17, as a preventive measure against the spread of the new coronavirus.A man carries food past members of the FSC 101 Engineering Battalion of the Massachusetts National Guard, as he assists at a pop-up food pantry in Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S., on April 17.Delhi Fire Service (DFS) personnel spray disinfectant chemicals along a road during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 outbreak in New Delhi, India, on April 16.A sign is seen at a shop in the mostly deserted city center, following the implementation of stricter social-distancing and self-isolation rules, in Sydney, Australia, on April 16.A worker wearing protective gear waves to a woman while using disinfectant to clean outside of the residences in Santiago, Chile, on April 15.A passenger receives a mask in Mexico City, Mexico, on April 15. Face masks are mandatory inside any subway station April 17 onward.Supporters of the Michigan Conservative Coalition protest against the state’s extended stay-at-home order, at the Capitol building in Lansing, Michigan, U.S., on April 15.Volunteers sew face masks, as a guitarist plays for volunteers, at the Hafez theater hall in downtown Tehran, Iran, on April 15.A mural in tribute to the NHS is pictured as a woman walks by while the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Liverpool, U.K., on April 15.A funeral worker wears a face mask with an illustration of Jesus outside Los Ceibos hospital in Guayaquil, Ecuador, on April 15.A soldier sprays disinfectant near the Capitol in Havana, Cuba, on April 15.An Indian traffic policeman stands next to an artwork displayed on a road to create awareness about coronavirus during lockdown in Gauhati, India, on April 15.The statue of Christ the Redeemer is lit up with the image of a medical scrub and the word “Thank you” in different languages during an Easter Sunday event amid the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 12.An aerial view shows safety signage near the Interstate 5 freeway in the ongoing effort to manage the coronavirus pandemic in Commerce, California, U.S., on April 12. A policeman wearing a coronavirus helmet takes part with others in a procession to raise awareness about COVID-19 during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown in Chennai, India, on April 12.A woman runs past posters with a message of hope, in Manchester, England, on April 12.Medical workers react to applause from firefighters, police and members of the public outside NYU Langone Hospital in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., on April 12.A medical worker holds an Easter bunny balloon to applause from firefighters and members of the public outside NYU Langone Hospital in New York City, New York, U.S., on April 12.A woman walks past an NHS graffiti sign at Hilly Fields, London, England, on April 11.A pastor leads an Easter service that is live-streamed via the internet for parishioners due to social gathering restrictions implemented to curb the spread of coronavirus, at One1Seven evangelical Anglican church in Sydney, Australia, on April 12.The U.S.

Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron “Thunderbirds” fly over Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., to show appreciation and support for the healthcare workers, first responders and other essential personnel who are working on the frontlines to combat the spread of coronavirus, on  April 11.A woman wears a plastic food container for protection, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, U.S., on April 11.Hand-drawn pictures of rainbows and messages are seen on a window, as the spread of the coronavirus disease continues, in Ripon, England, on April 11.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a politburo meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 11. North Korea says it’ll take more thorough measures to guard against the coronavirus, though it has been maintaining a “very stable anti-epidemic situation.” Empty food shelves are seen at a supermarket in Moscow, Russia, on April 11.A police officer checks the identity card of a vehicle’s occupant following the imposition of restrictions by Costa Rica’s government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease, in San Jose, on April 10.A novice monk wearing a protective mask runs at the premises of a monastery, in Kathmandu, Nepal on April 10.Visitors at Sydney Fish Market have their temperature checked before being allowed access, in Australia, on April 10.Special Task Force (STF) personnel wearing protective gear spray disinfectant outside the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on April 10.A woman wears a self-made protective body covering with built-in mask in Gdynia, Poland, on April 9.People walk at Times Square in New York, U.S., while some screens are seen illuminated in blue to honor healthcare workers, on April 9.Soldiers wearing face masks stand in formation in front of a U.S.-made M110A2 self-propelled howitzer during Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s visit to a military base in Tainan, Taiwan, on April 9.People wearing face masks peek from windows of the Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital in Hubei province, China, on April 9.A woman prays during a live streamed mass as photos of the faithful are displayed on the benches at the Nuestra Senora de Fatima in San Jose, Costa Rica, on April 8.A woman puts cloth face masks on a string to dry before distributing it for free in the neighborhood in Tangerang, Indonesia, on April 9.Medical workers walk by a police robot at the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in China, after travel restrictions to leave the city were lifted, on April 8.A girl puts her completed drawing of an Easter egg on the window of her home in Auckland, New Zealand, on April 8. New Zealanders are being encouraged to draw and display Easter eggs on their windows to create an Easter egg hunt that children can participate in during the COVID-19 lockdown.Employees of Harborview Medical Center pose for photos while accepting pizzas donated by basketball player and Seattle native Isaiah Thomas in Seattle, Washington, U.S., on April 7.A resident of a nursing home waves at an elderly woman as the MAV Symphony Orchestra plays classical music recordings on the loudspeakers of a car going around the city to cheer up people under lockdown in Budapest, Hungary, on April 7.Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison delivers a ministerial statement on COVID-19 in the House of Representatives in Canberra, Australia, on April 8.Travelers line up with their belongings outside the Hankou Railway Station after travel restrictions to leave Wuhan, China, were lifted, on April 8.A city employee, wearing protective gear, poses for a photograph as he disinfects an area of Paseo de la Reforma avenue in Mexico City, Mexico, on April 6.Men dressed up as superheroes Spider-Man and Captain America stand with a banner reading “Stay at Home” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 6.A healthcare worker wearing protective gear is seen during a test for the coronavirus (COVID-19) outside a stadium in Bogor, Indonesia, on April 7.An artist paints a mural on a wall in Pontefract, England, on April 6.Dr.

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, departs after the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on April 6.A resident picks up a box with food given to them by the army, at the Santa Rosita neighborhood on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Gautemala, on April 6, during a stay-at-home curfew designed to slow the spread of COVID-19.Food is distributed from a truck as part of a government program in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on April 6.Municipal workers wearing protective suits spray disinfectant in Grozny, Russia, on April 6.

German tourists queue up to enter Christchurch International Airport in New Zealand, on April 6. Air New Zealand is operating a number of special charter flights on behalf of the German government to repatriate German travelers stranded in New Zealand due the COVID-19 pandemic.

Staff members of a hospital carry candles and oil lamps to show solidarity with people who are affected by the coronavirus disease, and with doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers from all over the world during a 21-day nationwide lockdown, in Kolkata, India, on April 5.

A volunteer woman wearing a face mask and gloves to curb the spread of the coronavirus sews face masks in a mosque in Tehran, Iran, on April 5.

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday mass behind closed doors, during a lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19, in St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, on April 5.

A devotee stands next to palm fronds and religious icons placed on a table outside her home, as part of Palm Sunday celebrations in Quezon City, Philippines, on April 5.

A person wearing a personal protective equipment (PPE) suit exits the Elmhurst Hospital center, as the outbreak of coronavirus disease continues, in New York City, New York, U.S., on April 5.

A man wearing a mask looks on in Bnei Brak, Israel, on April 5.

The ultra-Orthodox Jewish town was declared a “restricted zone” due to its high rate of infections on April 3.

A motorist rides through a disinfection tunnel during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against  COVID-19, in Chennai, India, on April 5.

Residents receive free reusable masks distributed by the government at a community center, as stricter measures are announced to combat the outbreak of the COVID-19 in Singapore, on April 5.

People wearing face masks, amid concerns of the COVID-19 disease, commute on a train in Hong Kong on April 4.

A woman wearing a protective mask is seen checking her cell phone in Woolwich district of London, England, on April 4, as the spread of the COVID-19 continues.

A view of beds at a shopping mall, one of Iran’s largest, which has been turned into a center to receive patients suffering from the coronavirus disease, in Tehran, Iran, on April 4.

Members of Local Defence Unit (LDU) offload relief food during a distribution exercise to civilians affected by the lockdown, implemented to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, in Kampala, Uganda, on April 4.

A man walks in the middle of empty Westminster Bridge, as the spread of COVID-19 continues, in London, England, on April 3.U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the new coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, in Washington, D.C., U.S., on April 3.A resident wearing a protective face mask waits for coronavirus testing at a makeshift rapid testing center in Hanoi, Vietnam, on April 3.A couple, wearing masks to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, is seen waiting at Independence square in Quito, Ecuador, on April 3.City workers fumigate a street to help contain the spread of coronavirus in La Paz, Bolivia, on April 2.NHS workers applaud on the streets outside Royal Liverpool University Hospital during the Clap for Our Carers Campaign in England, on April 2.A New England Patriots Boeing 767-300 jet with a shipment of over one million N95 masks from China arrives at Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., on April 2.A volunteer sanitizes a bus passenger before he enters his municipality in Panchimalco, El Salvador, on April 2.Women maintain social distance as they wait to receive relief supplies provided by local police authority in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 2.People wearing face masks wait for a supermarket to open in Wuhan, China, on April 2.Hotel room lights spell out “Vegas Strong” at the Wynn hotel-casino along the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada, U.S., on April 1.Women stand in a queue to receive relief supplies provided by the local community in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on April 1.An aerial view of a notice dug into the sand reading #StayHome on Tamarama Beach in Sydney, Australia, on April 2.Residents pay for groceries by standing on chairs to peer over barriers set up to ringfence a wet market in Wuhan on April 1.A baker presents sweets in the shape of the “coronavirus” (R) and antibodies with a face mask and eyes, in Erfurt, Germany, on March 31.Police officers walk across an empty Red Square in Moscow, Russia, on March 31, 2020.A young man cuts another man’s hair on top of a closed hairdresser, in Oxford, England, on March 31.People follow social distancing as they line up to enter a supermarket, amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, in La Paz, Bolivia, on March 30.People wearing face masks practise social distancing as they wait outside a Postal Savings Bank of China branch in Wuhan, China, on March 31.A man reaches to a basket, that was hung up so people can donate or take for free food, as Italy struggles to contain the spread of coronavirus, in Naples, on March 30.Buddhist monks wearing face shields and masks to protect themselves from the coronavirus disease collect alms in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 31.A healthcare worker sits on a bench near Central Park in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., on March 30.Nurses work to prepare the intensive care unit in the new COVID-19 hospital in Verduno, Italy, on March 29, on the eve of its official opening.An emergency triage tent is seen at Harborview Medical Center as efforts continue to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Seattle, Washington, U.S., on March 29.People applaud from their houses in support of the medical staff that are working on the COVID-19 virus outbreak in Barcelona, Spain, on March 29.

A man walks past on a nearly empty Tokyo street amid snowfall during the first weekend after Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike urged Tokyo residents to stay indoors in a bid to keep the COVID-19 from spreading, on March 29.

Migrant workers crowd up outside a bus station as they wait to board buses to return to their villages during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to limit the spreading of COVID-19, in Ghaziabad, India, on March 28.

Medical and physician assistant students in personal protective equipment listen during a meeting before screening for possible coronavirus cases at a makeshift camp for the homeless in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S., on March 28.

Indonesia’s Red Cross personnel wearing protective suits spray disinfectant on the road to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Jakarta, Indonesia, on March 28.

The message “Merci” (French for “thank you”) is displayed in tribute of those on the frontline to fight the coronavirus disease, on the facade of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, on March 27.A man plays his accordion to lift his parents’ spirits after they started practicing social isolation in their house to prevent themselves from catching the coronavirus disease, in Concepcion, Chile on March 26.Members of the Arizona National Guard pack and sort food items at a food bank in Mesa, Arizona, U.S., on March 26. A person in protective clothing walks through a temporary 2,000-bed hospital for coronavirus patients set up by the Iranian army at the international exhibition center in Tehran, Iran, on March 26.A staff member sprays disinfectant at a cinema as it prepares to reopen to the public after closing due to coronavirus (COVID-19), in Shenyang, Chin on March 25.  A barber, reflected in a mirror wearing a protective face mask as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), styles a customer’s hair in Havana, Cuba on March 25.  A soldier inspects beds for treatment of possible COVID-19 infected patients inside the Belgrade Fair, Serbia, on March 24.A man plays guitar and sings to his neighbors from his balcony two days after California’s Governor Gavin Newsom implemented a state wide “stay at home order” in Oakland, California, U.S., on March 21.117/117 SLIDES

The difference between the numbers published by the ONS and those published by individual health boards is because of different methods of counting and reporting, the ONS said.
The ONS’ figures, which incorporate deaths in the community, showed the number of fatalities in England and Wales jumping from 217 up to April 3 to 1,043 until April 10.

The four-fold increase came amid warnings that the infection may still be spreading in care homes, and claiming a growing number of lives, despite being on the decline in the community. The figures also showed that 466 people had died with covoronavirus in their own homes as of April 10, with a further 87 passing away in hospices.

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Nearly one in six Covid-19 fatalities, or 1,555 in England, have happened outside hospital, according to the latest ONS figures, up from one in 10, or 383, the previous week. NHS England announced 778 new deaths on Tuesday, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 15,607.

Of the new deaths announced, 136 occurred on April 20, 236 on April 19, and 121 on April 18. A further 25 people have died in Wales, bringing the total number of deaths there to 609, health officials said.
Public Health Wales said a further 304 people had tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 7,850.

Just over 1,000 tests were carried out on Monday, with a total of 27,124 carried out in total across Wales.

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In Scotland, a total of 985 patients have died, up by 70 from 915 on Monday, Nicola Sturgeon said. The First Minister said 8,672 people have now tested positive for the virus in Scotland, up by 222 from 8,450 the day before. Despite the spike in deaths on Tuesday, the peak in the number of coronavirus deaths in England and Wales was reached on April 8, according to scientists.

Prof Carl Heneghan, director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford, said: “From an epidemiological perspective we can say that the numbers are consistent with the peak happening on April 8. “We’ve now tracked for 13 days that that has been consistent – it hasn’t jumped up. “All of the other data surrounding this, the triangulation of the data is showing us that is the case.”

But he expressed concern about human error and the possibility of some data sets being pulled out.

“Looking at what the ONS are doing now is hugely impressive – I think we can be clear that in this peak it occurred on April 8 and in the last 13 days we’ve seen no change to that,” he said.

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