UK coronavirus deaths at 26,488 as 391 more die in NHS England hospitals – The Sun

CORONAVIRUS deaths have risen to at least 26,488 in the UK after 391 more deaths were announced in England today.

The grim tally is expected to jump again this afternoon as the Government confirms the total number of Covid-19 related deaths across the UK.

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Today's figures from NHS England exclude those who have died in care homes and the wider community – meaning the true figure is likely to be much higher.

It brings the total number of coronavirus deaths in England to 20,137 – the first time the country's toll has exceeded 20,000.

Patients who died were aged between 15 and 101 years old and included a 49-year-old with no underlying health conditions.

The rise is among the lowest recorded in England this month – and is considerably lower than any other daily rise recorded by NHS England on a Thursday in April.

In Scotland, 1,475 people have now died after testing positive for the bug – up 60 since yesterday.

In Wales, 22 more covid-19 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the death toll there to 908.

FALLEN HEROES

Among those who have died is retired NHS nurse Jeanette Field, whose husband of 28 years was tragically unable to attend her funeral as he was in a coma with coronavirus.

Maria Victoria Prado, a care home nurse, died in the arms of her 12-year-old daughter after catching the bug – forcing her into foster care.

Meanwhile, a probe has been launched by an NHS trust after Dr Peter Tun, 62, died from covid-19 after repeated pleas for better protection against the deadly virus.

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