UK coronavirus deaths rise by 449 to 16,509

UK coronavirus deaths rise by 449 to 16,509
# 20 April 2020 19:52 (UTC +04:00)

A total of 16,509 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospitals in Britain, an increase of 449 in 24 hours, the health ministry said on Monday, APA reports citing Reuters. 

The number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus has risen to 124,743.

The figure for deaths is as of 5 p.m. (1600 GMT) on April 19, while the figure for confirmed cases is as of 9 a.m. (0800 GMT) on April 20.

While there is often a drop in Monday's figures due to a lag in reporting over the weekend, the new tally comes as a government adviser yesterday said the UK had probably passed the first coronavirus peak.

However, infections have continued to grow with 4,676 positive tests bringing the total number of cases to 124,743, according to the Department of Health.

Meanwhile England's daily fatality figures were the lowest recorded in a month after recording 319 deaths on March 31.

Scotland today recorded 12 more fatalities, bringing its total to 915.

A further nine people have died after testing positive for coronavirus in Wales, bringing the total number of deaths there to 584. Northern Ireland announced another 13 cases.

Yesterday, the number of coronavirus recorded in a day hit 596 - the lowest Sunday tally for three weeks.

And the figure was about a third down from Saturday's 888 increase, although statistics released over the weekend are generally lower.

According to the latest NHS England numbers released today, patients killed by the bug included people aged between 40 and 101-years-old.