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UK coronavirus death toll rises to 468, says Downing Street

by LLB Reporter
16th May 20 4:24 pm

The Department for Health and Social Care announced on Saturday that a further 468 people have died across all settings.

The UK death toll now stands at 34,466, and 240,161 people have now tested positive.

The Education Secretary Gavin Williamson revealed the figures, which include fatalities in all settings, at this afternoons Downing Street press briefing.

Williamson said we are moving towards “allowing people to resuming their way of life” – moving from level 4 to level 3 in the new alert system devised by the government.

“Thanks to the hard work and sacrifices of the British people we have helped to bring the R number down.”

However, according to the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) the reproduction rate across the UK now stands between 0.7 and 1, which is up from 0.5 to 0.9 last week.

The R rate measures how fast coronavirus is spreading amongst the population, and numbers above 1 means the outbreak is growing.

Public Health England and the Cambridge MRC Biostatistics Unit have concluded through a modelling study that London could have a R number as low as 0.4.

Boris Johnson and the Health Secretary Matt Hancock have previously stated that the lockdown will be reinstated should the R number rise to or above 1.

The British government have been considering placing various regions of England into lockdown, rather than the whole country depending on the R rates.

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