UK coronavirus cases near 250,000 as 2,412 more test positive across Britain – The Sun
THE number of coronavirus cases in the UK hit 248,818 today after 2,412 more infections were confirmed.
It is the smallest daily rise in Covid-19 cases recorded since March 26, when 2,129 new cases of the bug were logged.
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Today's rise is smaller than it was yesterday, when 2,684 new infections were announced.
It is also almost a quarter of the number of new cases recorded on April 10 (8,681) when the bug hit its peak.
A total of 2,772,552 tests have now been carried out in Britain, with 89,784 taken on May 18.
There are currently 10,025 patients in hospital with Covid-19 in Britain – down from 11,716 this time last week.
Yesterday also marked the lowest death rate in the UK since the lockdown began – but today, the figure rose by 545.
Today Britain's coronavirus death toll hit 35,341 – including a seven-year-old child.
The seven-year-old was one of 168 people in England with an underlying health condition to lose their lives.
In England, the death toll from the virus is now 24,913, NHS England officials say.
In Scotland, 29 more deaths were confirmed today.
A further 17 people lost their lives in Wales, and seven in Ireland.
The latest count refers to those who have died in all settings – including care homes, hospices and the wider community.
However, new analysis published today suggests Britain's overall death toll from the virus is far higher than the total reported by the Government so far – and has already passed 44,000.
The Office for National Statistics reports that 39,071 deaths involving the deadly bug occurred in England and Wales up to May 8 and had been registered up to May 16.
The latest figures from the National Records of Scotland, published last week, showed 3,213 deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered in Scotland up to May 10.
And the most recent figures from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, also published last week, showed 599 deaths involving Covid-19 had been registered in Northern Ireland up to May 13.
Lockdown rules began to ease last week, with sunbathing and unlimited exercise allowed – as long as Brits observe social distancing.
This morning, Tube services in the capital were busy yet again as people begin to return to work.
Transport bosses at some major stations – including Canary Wharf – are asking workers to avoid using services at peak times.
And British Transport Police officers are patrolling platforms to make sure rush-hour mayhem is avoided.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan – who is facing criticism after announcing plans to increase the charges for vehicles driving in central London and hike Undergound fares – has called for all commuters to wear masks.
He said public transport must only be used for essential travel.
Despite that, Government plans to ease the lockdown continue.
Pupils at some schools will return in June, while pubs, cafes and restaurants could open to sell pints and food from market-style outdoor stalls in just weeks.
Boris Johnson hopes a slow phased unlocking of Britain will allow the country to slip back into some sort of "new normal".
The Government still needs to fulfill the five requirements needed to end lockdown.
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