UK coronavirus death toll passes 11,000 as another 667 including a 17-year-old and 40 healthy patients die in England

CORONAVIRUS deaths in the UK today reached another grim milestone of more than 11,000 after 667 more people died in England alone.

NHS England confirmed the latest victims were aged between 17 and 98 – including 40 with no underlying health conditions.

The latest number of deaths in hospital in England – up ten from yesterday – means at least 11,279 people have died from the disease in the UK.

And it puts total deaths in England at 10,261, the NHS confirmed.

Among the latest deaths is a 21-year-old nursery worker who died after catching coronavirus while waiting for a liver transplant in hospital.

Katie Horne, from Burgess Hill, West Sussex, battled both Covid-19 and a liver condition for 12 days after the positive diagnosis meant she wasn’t able to go on the transplant list.

And eight more health workers have died from the disease – bringing the total for NHS and care workers to 39.

Terrified frontline staff after now begging for protective gear – with one nurse claiming they were having to reuse a plastic apron and mask.

In Scotland today, nine more people have died bringing the death toll to 575.

And there have been 15 further deaths in Wales – with their total now at 384.

Yesterday, deaths in the UK reached 10,612 after another 737 people lost their lives to the disease.

But the true total could be higher due to a lag in reporting the figures over the weekend.

Previous weekends have seen official numbers fall, before they start to climb again the following week.

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It comes as Boris Johnson praised “unconquerable” medics at London’s St Thomas’ Hos­pital in an emotional video message after he was released from hospital following a seven-day battle with the killer bug.

The PM said: “The NHS saved my life. No question. Things could have gone either way.”

And he heaped particular praise Jenny McGee, 35, and Luis Pitarma, 29, who watched over him for 48 hours in intensive care giving him vital oxygen.

He posted the video message after a reunion with pregnant fiancee Carrie Symonds at Downing Street.

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The PM will now spend time recovering from Covid-19 at his country home in Buckinghamshire, Chequers.

Meanwhile Dominic Raab will continue to chair the daily Covid-19 meetings in his absence, and will start reviewing evidence of how the lockdown is working.

Last week he said it was “too soon” to ease the measures and warned they were likely to be extended.

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Britain is now entering its fourth week of coronavirus lockdown with the government set to review the rules by Thursday.

Mr Johnson triggered the drastic measures on March 23 – ordering all non-essential travel and public gatherings to stop as well as closing pubs and restaurants.

Brits were also urged to leave home only for exercise, to shop for essential items, for medical care, or when their work could not be done at home.

Since the rules were imposed, the number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus has gone from 6,650 to more than 80,000.

Total deaths in the UK have also risen from 335 on March 23 to more than 10,000 – with fears the death toll has not reached its peak yet.

The Times quoted an unnamed minister as saying it was important not to do “more damage”, and measures could be eased after another three weeks.

Any lifting of the lockdown could see a second wave of cases hit the UK and put the NHS under pressure yet again.

Spain today relaxed its restrictions and allowed some non-essential workers to return to their jobs – despite the death toll hitting 17,209.

Separate figures released last week revealed coronavirus was responsible for one in 20 deaths in the UK.

The numbers from the Office of National Statistics show at least 78 have died from the virus outside of hospital so far – with the latest figures released tomorrow.

(THE SUN UK)

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