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Coronavirus hospital deaths in UK top 10,000

THE coronavirus death toll in the UK has risen to at least 10,352 as 657 die in England alone.

That is a leap from Saturday’s total of 9,875 as the country remains in lockdown battling against the virus.

Of the 657, there were 42 patients aged between 30 and 98 who had no known underlying health condition.

On Friday, Britain’s coronavirus death toll jumped by 980 in 24 hours – making it the biggest rise yet and more deadly than Spain’s worst day of their outbreak (961).

Further 24 patients die from COVID-19 in Scotland, bringing total deaths there to 566, the Scottish Government said.

A further 18 patients have died after testing positive for coronavirus in Wales, bringing the total number of deaths  to 369, health officials said.

Public Health Wales said a further 367 people had tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 5,297.

The number of people with coronavirus who have died in a hospital setting in Northern Ireland has risen to 118, with 11 further deaths reported on Sunday.

There were 89 new cases of the virus, bringing the total of confirmed positive tests in the region since the outbreak began to 1,806, officials said. It comes amid mounting concerns that elderly residents in nursing homes and the staff looking after them have been “forgotten”during the coronavirus crisis.

It has also been confirmed three more nurses have died after contracting the virus, taking the number of NHS staff deaths to more than 30.

However, it is not known if the nurses, who worked in London, Worcestershire and South Wales, were infected while working.

Meanwhile, controversy continues to grow around the lack of personal protective equipment for health workers on the frontline.

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