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Another 358 dead from coronavirus in hospitals across UK

Another 358 dead from coronavirus in hospitals across UK
Hospital deaths (Picture: AFP, Getty, PA)
The UK’s coronavirus death toll has risen to at least 28,321 after 358 more people died in hospitals. The toll was updated after England recorded another 327 deaths in hospitals, Wales another 14, Scotland another 12 and Northern Ireland another five. The UK’s number will rise even further later today, when deaths in care homes and the wider community are announced. Previously, the Department of Health only included deaths in hospitals in their daily figures. The government began including care home deaths in their figures earlier this week, amid concern it reflected a significant hidden death toll.
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This has been partly blamed on a slow approach to testing and tracing, something which the government aims to change with a new app being tested this week on the Isle of Wight.A medical worker takes a swab to test for the novel coronavirus COVID-19 from a visitor to a drive-in testing facility at the Chessington World of Adventures Resort, in Chessington, southwest of London, on May 2, 2020. - Britain's overall death toll from the coronavirus outbreak rose by 739 to 27,510 on May 1 as the government announced that it had reached its COVID-19 testing goal administering a total of 122,347 tests on April 29. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Transport secretary Grant Shapps said: ‘The idea is that we will encourage as many people to take this up as possible. This is going to be a huge national effort and we need for this to work 50-60% of people to be using this app. ‘Not everybody has a smartphone, and I appreciate that for various reasons not everybody will download it but it will be the best possible way to help the NHS.’ He stressed the app would be completely confidential. The app will be central to the Government’s efforts in slowing the spread of coronavirus and will involve alerting people who have been in contact with an infected person and asking them to self-isolate. Meanwhile, the Office for National Statistics has released an interactive map showing where deaths from coronavirus have taken place. The highest concentration of deaths is in London, but there were also hotspots in Manchester, Liverpool and other major cities.

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