UK Records Over 500 Daily COVID-19 Deaths For First Time

Social distancing is observed during a briefing with President Donald Trump

The United Kingdom's coronoavirus death toll rose 24% to 2,921 as of April 1.

Britain reported 563 daily coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, the first time the national toll has exceeded 500, bringing the total fatalities to 2,352, according to official figures.

"Ismail was only 13-year-old without any pre-existing health conditions and sadly he died without any family members close by due to the highly infectious nature of COVID-19", the fundraiser page notes.

They concluded: "To our knowledge he had no underlying health conditions".

Dr Nathalie MacDermott, clinical lecturer at King's College London, said the 13-year-old boy's death highlights the importance of taking the precautions required to reduce the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Data on United Kingdom positive and negative tests and data on deaths is updated on this page daily. "So green shoots but only green shoots and we must not be complacent and we must not take our foot off the pedal", he said on Tuesday.

"We acknowledge that more needs to be done in relation to testing". We are not out of the woods, we are very much in the woods.

The Prime Minister's spokesman said that following complaints of shortages, the NHS had developed a new specification for the swabs used to carry out the tests which had been validated and shared with potential manufacturers. We are now at 10,000 tests a day.

"But now is absolutely not the time for people to imagine that there can be any relaxation or slackening".

However the spokesman said that it was essential that they were accurate as other countries had introduced antibody tests which were not accurate with "significant adverse consequences".

"That's why we are buying more ventilators from overseas - including from European Union nations".

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