NHS: Covid-19 death toll will “continue to rise”

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NHS: Covid-19 death toll will “continue to rise”

The NHS has warned that with the current rate of infection in the UK, the national Covid-19 death toll will continue to rise for at least the next several weeks.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has set a target of 100,000 tests per day in order to tackle the crisis, after the UK government have been repeatedly criticised for their failure to test both NHS staff and the wider community. Matt Hancock said:

“I am now setting the goal of 100,000 tests per day by the end of this month. That is the goal, and I am determined we’ll get there.

These are unprecedented times for our healthcare system, and I want to make sure that every part of it is supported.

I therefore made £300m available for funding for community pharmacies, who do so much to get vital medicines to people and play such an important part in their communities.”

Over 5000 NHS front line staff have now been tested.

On Thursday, the UK recorded its highest death toll in a single day so far, with 569 deaths and 4244 new confirmed cases.

What followed was the revelation that Covid-19 was present in the UK earlier than previously thought, with the first death occurring on February the 28th, almost a week before it was publicly announced.

NHS England and other health trusts now say that as many as 6 people died in hospital from Covid-19 during February.

The first death was not announced until the 5th of March.

This revelation comes after discrepancies in NHS figures were highlighted.

For example, the NHS reported 159 deaths in March. This figure was later changed to 401.

The total UK death toll has now reached 2921.

There are 33718 confirmed cases, and it has been announced that the worldwide figure has now exceeded one million.

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