Friday, June 21

UK coronavirus death toll surges 563 in 24 hours



The UK’s coronavirus death toll has surged again, surging by 563 in the past 24 hours to a total of 2,352.

Today’s figures include people who died in hospitals, but not those who passed away in their homes without being officially diagnosed with Covid-19.

The figures are correct as of 9am today. The UK total yesterday was 1,789, according to the Department of Health.

At lunchtime today First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that the Scottish death toll had increased by 16 to a total of 76 in the last 24 hours.

She added that the country’s confirmed Covid-19 cases has now reached 2,310 – up 317. The death total in Wales is now 98 with an increase of 29 in the last 24 hours.

The UK government’s target for 10,000 tests a day was again missed with 9,793 tests performed. 4,324 of those were positive.

A British national is among four people to have died on the virus-hit Zaandam cruise ship which passed through the Panama Canal on Monday. They are not included in the UK total.

Earlier today Spain recorded a record daily death toll of 864 and the total in Iran is more than 3,000.

More than 4,000 have died from Covid-19 in the United States with President Donald Trump last night warning that 100,000 are expected to die in the pandemic.

There are now more than 800,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 around the world. It is expected that today the NHS Nightingale Hospital in east London will begin to treat its first patients.

The facility, built at the ExCel convention centre in east London, has more than 80 wards containing 42 beds each making it one of the biggest in the world.

Just 42 patients will be treated at first as a ‘trial run’ but that will increase in the coming days and weeks as demand increases.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday chief operating officer Natalie Forrest said a “scary” number of staff would be needed to run the facility at full capacity and appealed for volunteers to come forward.

“If we have to use this facility, which I really hope we don’t because everyone is staying home and washing their hands and social distancing, we will need thousands of doctors and nurses and volunteers to run this facility,” she said.

Asked to clarify how many are required, Ms Forrest said: “The numbers are scary, but if I tell you that to run one ward, including all of our ancillary staff, we need 200 members of staff.”