UK first country in Europe to pass 30,000 deaths as health bosses say trend is “slowly going down”
The UK’s death toll has passed the 30,000 mark today as a further 649 were confirmed during the Downing Street briefing today.
It means it is the first country in Europe to record more than 30,000 coronavirus deaths
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick told those attending that 69,463 tests had been carried out nationally yesterday, again missing the Government’s 100,000 a day target, but bringing the total number of tests carried out to 1,448,010.
“These numbers will be heart-breaking losses for the loved ones of all those who have died,” he said.
“Once again, our thoughts are with those loved ones.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced at Prime Minister’s Questions earlier today he had an ambition to reach 200,000 capacity by the end of May.
201,101 people ave tested positive for the virus – an increase nationally of 6,111 – with 13,615 currently in hospital.
During the briefing, Mr Jenrick took questions from local media, who he praised for “doing so much to keep people informed”.
He also updated people on the work his department had done, including the work of local resilience forums and the £3.2bn handed to local councils during the pandemic.
He said 67,000,000 pieces of PPE had been delivered by the forums across the nation.
Marking necessary changes to planned VE Day celebrations, he told those watching that the mission was “to ensure everything we can do is done to help people go back to work safely and to reunite friends”.
Viewers were told by Professor Yvonne Doyle, medical director of Public Health England, that while the number of deaths was not “good news” the trend was that it was “slowly going down”.