Another 114 people have died in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus, bringing the country’s official death toll to 45,233.
The Department of Health’s latest figures include fatalities in all settings including hospitals, care homes and the wider community. Since the start of the outbreak a total of 293,239 people have been diagnosed with Covid-19.
A total of 687 new cases have been confirmed within the past 24 hours. Earlier today NHS England confirmed another 16 hospital deaths bringing its total toll to 29,160.
Public Health Wales confirmed one death today, bringing the nation’s total to 1,546. The total number of fatalities in Scotland remains at 2,491 with no new deaths confirmed today.
The country confirmed one death yesterday which was the first in eight days. Responding to the latest figures, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: ‘Another day yesterday with no deaths registered of people with confirmed
#COVID. My thanks to everyone across Scotland – our collective sacrifices have
helped get this virus under control. Please keep it up. Let’s not drop our guard
now. Remember FACTS.’
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Northern Ireland’s death toll remains at 556 with no new deaths recorded today. The latest figures come after Boris Johnson announced his plan to get Britain back to ‘near-normal’ by Christmas, despite the possibility of Covid-19 becoming ‘more virulent in the winter months’.
The Prime Minister’s nine-month plan includes a £3billion fund to get the NHS ‘battle ready’ for the possibility of a second wave. He will also ditch blanket advice to avoid public transport and work from home, and set out an ‘aspirational’ timetable to lift social distancing measures.
Johnson said that from next month employers will be able to decide when their staff go back to work, and that the they should consult with employees and make sure their workplace is safe.
Speaking at a Downing Street press conference today, he added: ‘As we reopen our society and economy, it’s right that we give employers more discretion while continuing to ensure employees are kept safe’.
Johnson also said indoor gigs and beauty treatments, casinos, bowling alleys and leisure centres in England will be allowed to reopen from August 1, but nightclubs and soft play areas will remain closed for the time being.
When asked by why he was planning to significantly ease restrictions despite the chance of coronavirus becoming more virulent in the winter, Johnson suggested he has overruled advice from Government scientists in plans to ease the lockdown.
He said Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty and Chief Scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance are there to give advice, but decisions are ultimately taken by ‘elected politicians’.
The PM added: ‘The chief scientific adviser and the chief medical officer, give us advice, which we of course take very very seriously. But in the end decisions are taken by the elected politicians and we have to weigh the advice that we get.
‘I don’t think our wonderful scientific and medical advisers would want to take those decisions for us, those are decisions for us to take’.
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