UK coronavirus cases rise to 138,078 as another 4,583 catch the deadly bug – The Sun
The latest figures from Public Health England also show that the death toll has risen to 18,738 after 638 more deaths were recorded today.
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The figure for the rise in the number of infections represents a slight increase on yesterday when 4451 new cases were recorded.
But it marks a fall from four days ago when there were 5850 new infections and from April 10 when the figures stood at 8681 new cases.
Today's rise in deaths is lower than it has been for three days – compared with 763 yesterday and 828 the day before.
It is also the lowest rise in deaths recorded on a Thursday for three weeks, with 861 deaths logged last Thursday and 881 the Thursday before.
It is significantly smaller (-37%) than Britain's death rate at its peak – this was on April 10, when 980 deaths were announced on a single day.
In England, the total number of coronavirus deaths recorded in hospitals is now 16,786 – including a healthy 37-year-old.
Today's rise in England is smaller than yesterday's which saw 665 more patients die from the killer bug.
It is the second day in a row the death rate has dropped – with 778 fatalities recorded the previous day.
On the same day last week, 740 more deaths were announced in England – 226 more than today's figure.
In Scotland, 1,120 coronavirus patients have died – a rise of 58 since yesterday.
In Wales, 15 more deaths have been recorded, bringing the total death toll there to 641.
Among the latest UK deaths was carer Garry Melia, a dad of 11 who died from the killer bug just eight weeks after his daughter was born.
He joins more than 100 frontline health workers 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 yesterday.
In a bid to halt the deadly spread, the first human trials for a potential coronavirus vaccine will begin today, with side effects for participants set to include a "fever, aches and pains".
The Jenner Institute in Oxford will begin trialling the vaccine after Britain’s top doctor stressed chances of finding one in the next year were "incredibly small".
Speaking yesterday, Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty also issued a bleak warning that the nation may have to live with tough social distancing measures for “the next calendar year”.
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