Over 30,000 deaths involving Covid-19 have occurred in the UK since the start of the pandemic, the highest official toll yet reported in Europe.
Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed 29,710 deaths linked to coronavirus had taken place in England and Wales as of 2 May.
Including deaths for Scotland and Northern Ireland, the toll on this measure now amounts to 32,375.
According to the ONS report, of the 27,356 deaths registered up to 24 April, 71.8 per cent (19,643 deaths) occurred in hospital. 5,890 deaths took place in care homes, 1,306 in private homes and 301 in hospices. This represents a fall of 12.6 per cent in hospital deaths, but an increase of 2,500 deaths in care home deaths compared to the week before.
Deaths involving Covid-19 in England that occurred up to 24 April, but were registered up to 2 May, stood at 28,272, said the report. In comparison, the number of deaths reported by the Department of Health and Social Care was 21,399 and NHS England showed 19,033 hospital deaths.
Dangerous and venal’
Raab also said that while the “vast majority” of countries have banded together to fight the virus, a few countries have sought to “exploit a crisis for their own criminal and hostile ends.”
He said: “We have clear evidence now that these criminal gangs are actively targeting national and international organizations which are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic which I have to say makes them particularly dangerous and venal at this time.”
“Our teams have identified campaigns targeting healthcare bodies, pharmaceutical companies, research organizations and various different arms of local government,” he said.
Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance told the parliament’s science and technology select committee that those who recover from coronavirus could have some form of immunity to the disease for up to three years.
He emphasized that he was talking of a “degree of protection” not “absolute immunity.”
He added that there “may be times when wearing masks can be beneficial to stop the spread.”
Vallance also spoke to the parliament’s health and social care committee, saying: “I think if we do test, track and tracing well and we keep the social distancing measures at the right level we should be able to avoid a second wave.”
A National Health Service contact and trace app is currently being tested on the Isle of Wight ahead of a national rollout.
Dr. Chaand Nagpaul, the chair of the British Medical Association, told Sky News that around 94% of all doctors who have died from coronavirus in the UK have been from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. He described the trend as “extremely worrying.”
Since first appearing in Wuhan, China last December, the novel coronavirus has spread to at least 187 countries and regions, with the US and Europe the hardest-hit areas.
More than 3.61 million cases have been reported worldwide, with the death toll nearing 253,400 and more than 1.18 million recoveries, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University in the US.
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In its Wednesday updates, the NCDC announced that the new cases were reported in 11 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
87 of the new cases were reported in Lagos, bringing the total cases of the pandemic in the state to 931
The bulk of the new cases were recorded in the northern part of the country.
According to the NCDC, 24 of the cases were confirmed in Kano, 18 in Gombe, 17 in Kaduna and 16 in Abuja.
10 cases were also recorded in Katsina, 6 in Borno and one case each in Yobe and Adamawa state.
Seven cases were recorded in Edo while one case was confirmed in Ebonyi state.
The NCDC’s report also stated that seven new death were recorded bringing the total number of coronavirus-related deaths in Nigeria to 51.
307 coronavirus patients have also recovered from the infection in Nigeria;