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UK coronavirus hospital death toll surpasses 18,000

by LLB Reporter
22nd Apr 20 3:10 pm

The Department of Health said on Wednesday that 763 more people have died from coronavirus in hospitals across the UK.

There are now 133,495 known people infected with the virus and 18,100 people have now died in hospital from coronavirus across the UK.

Professor Carl Heneghan, director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine at the University of Oxford said, “From an epidemiological perspective we can say that the numbers are consistent with the peak happening on 8 April.

“We’ve now tracked for 13 days that that has been consistent, it hasn’t jumped up.

“All of the other data surrounding this, the triangulation of the data is showing us that is the case.”

But added, “What we are worried about is that in the background someone has made an error and pulled out some data sets.

“Looking at what the ONS are doing now is hugely impressive, I think we can be clear that in this peak it occurred on 8 April and in the last 13 days we’ve seen no change to that.”

England’s deputy medical officer, Professor Jonathan Van Tam, warned on Wednesday, “We are not out of danger yet. We must keep pushing on this.”

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock to the House of Commons on Wednesday that “we are at the peak” of the coronavirus pandemic.

Hancock paid tribute to those who have died since the start of the crisis hitting the UK. He announced that the NHS now has over 3,000 spare critical care beds.

Military sources have hit out at the NHS’s distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the coronavirus pandemic.

Military personnel blasted the NHS over their “appalling handling” in issuing PPE to their staff and where it needs to go.

They said that logistics are “knackered” along with the ‘failure’ to ration the vital kit, and are pushing the government to place them in charge over the handling of PPE.

An RAF Airbus A400-M left Istanbul, Turkey and arrived at RAF Brize Norton around 3:30am on Wednesday morning, carrying PPE for the NHS.

It is not known if the vital consignment of personal protective equipment (PPE) has the urgently needed 400,000 surgical gowns.

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