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London’s coronavirus death toll now almost half of UK total

by LLB Reporter
23rd Mar 20 1:38 pm

The number of deaths across London rose from 127 on Saturday to 148 on Sunday which is almost half of the UK’s total.

London is the epicentre for coronavirus, and the areas in the capital with the most cases are Southwark with 139, Brent with 128 and now Lambeth.

According to official figures published by Public Health England (PHE) and the Department of Health late on Saturday, there are now 1,965 confirmed coronavirus cases in the capital.

Councillor Peter John, leader of Southwark Council, has warned every resident to stay at home, and only to venture out, when absolutely necessary.

In a statement released on Sunday, he said: “Every one of our residents is important to us. You are important to us.

“But many residents are ignoring national advice and going out when we should all be staying at home as much as we can.

“This puts us all at risk of Covid-19, especially people who are over 70 or who suffer from ill-health.

“We know this is a worrying time, especially if you live alone, and we really want to help.

“There are lots of volunteers in our communities who want to help too.

“So instead of going out, please think about other ways to do things.”

Sadiq Khan the Mayor of London has warned all Londoners to stop using “public transport now” to halt the rapid spread of coronavirus across the capital.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4, Matt Hancock said he doesn’t know why some people are ignoring the government’s advice.

“It’s very selfish,” he told the Today programme.

“The NHS is doing everything it can and preparing for the spread of this virus.

“If people go within two metres of others who they don’t live with then they’re helping to spread the virus – and the consequences of that costs lives and it means that, for everyone, this will go on for longer.”

A senior NHS doctor has expressed his fears that staff could be passing on the coronavirus to patients as they are not being provided with tests.

The doctor wrote about his experiences and said there is “little we can do” and victims are dying in front of his eyes.

It has been revealed that there is a huge shortage of protective equipment for medical staff and they are not tested unless they show symptoms.

He warned that not everyone shows symptoms immediately but can still be carriers and fears “as a doctor could be a silent killer” passing on coronavirus to patients.

On Sunday, the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has ordered all Britons to immediately “Stay at home” over the “war” of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) who provides scientific and technical advice to the British government have said social distancing must be in place for “at least most of a year.”

SAGE who are advising the government on what the UK’s response must be have on Friday published their worrying report.

A well-known Italian doctor and politician has warned why London will be hardest hit area in the UK.

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