UK coronavirus death toll hits 42,532 as 71 more die in England hospitals

CORONAVIRUS fatalities in the UK have risen to least 42,532 after 71 more deaths were recorded in England hospitals the last 24 hours.

In England, the total number of Covid-19 deaths rose to 28,292 today.

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In Scotland, a total of  2,472   patients have died after testing positive for coronavirus – up by two from yesterday.

In Wales, one more death was recorded overnight, bringing the overall tally there to 1,476.

While in Northern Ireland, one more person died – bringing the total to 545.  

Today’s figures comes as the end of lockdown is in sight after 13 weeks of restrictions.

Government scientists has OK the two-metre rule cut – meaning pubs could soon open and families stay over with relatives.

Within the next fortnight announcements are expected to allow hotels and restaurants to reopen next month.

Brits desperately missing catching up with pals at the pub could soon be back at the bar or ordering through an app to keep safe.

Schools are set to be given new guidance which would allow children to return to the classroom in numbers of up to 30 from September.

Thhe infection ‘R’ rate in England has fallen below the crucial threshold of 1, scientific advisers have said yesterday.

The dreaded ‘R’ number – the average number of people that will contract coronavirus from an infected person – is currently 0.7 to 0.9 – down from 0.7 to 1 last week.

The news comes as a positive sign, as Britain’s coronavirus alert level has been lowered from four to three.

While Britain is firmly past the peak the killer bug, a new analysis of figures have revealed that more than 1,000 people were dying each day for 22 days during the height of the crisis.

Britain’s darkest day was on April 8 when 1,445 people died in 24 hours.

The girm figures reflect deaths in hospitals, care homes and private home.

At the time, the daily death toll only took hospitals fatalities into account.

The change to include deaths in all settings, including those without a Covid-19 test, was only made on April 29.

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