Another 28 dead as UK coronavirus death toll jumps to 465
Another 28 people have died in England taking the UK coronavirus death toll to 465.
It comes after Scotland recorded another six deaths, Northern Ireland confirmed two more deaths and Wales a further five deaths.
The 28 people who died in England were aged between 47 and 93, NHS England said.
Prince Charles confirmed he has coronavirus on Wednesday, while a 21-year-old woman, with no pre-existing health conditions, died after contracting Covid-19.
Chloe Middleton’s family confirmed the news on Facebook in the hope it will be a wake up call to anyone not taking social distancing measures seriously enough.
The heartbroken family, from Buckinghamshire, last night urged the public to ‘do your bit’ and ‘stay home’ in a bid to stop the pandemic spreading further.
Mother, Diane Middleton, wrote on Facebook: ‘To all the people out there who think it’s just a virus please think again. Speaking from a personal experience this so-called virus has taken the life of my 21-year-old daughter.’
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Hundreds of thousands of people have signed up to work for a volunteer scheme after Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the UK ‘Your NHS needs you’.
Mr Hancock called for army of 250,000 volunteers to help with the nationwide effort, describing the ideal candidates as ‘people in good health’, whose roles would include ‘shopping, the delivery of medicines and support for those who are shielding to protect their own health’.
National Medical Director of NHS England, Professor Stephen Powis, announced this morning that 170,000 people had already registered online – equating to roughly 189 people a minute.
Meanwhile, almost half a million benefits claims have been received by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over the past nine days, a committee has heard.
Around 477,000 claims have been ‘processed’ since last Tuesday, with 105,000 being made for Universal Credit on Tuesday this week, said DWP Permanent Secretary Peter Schofield.
The unprecedented pressure and volume of new claims has led to people reporting delays, being unable to get through on the phone and struggling to reach advisers.