UK Coronavirus deaths rise to 2,352, a total of 152,979 people have been tested of which 29,474 tested positive
London — A further 563 patients with coronavirus have died in the UK, taking the total number of deaths in hospitals to 2,352.
The Department of Health said 29,474 people have tested positive for the virus, up 4,324 since Tuesday.
UPDATE on coronavirus (#COVID19) testing in the UK:
As of 9am 1 April, a total of 152,979 people have been tested of which 29,474 tested positive.
As of 5pm on 31 March, of those hospitalised in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 2,352 have sadly died. pic.twitter.com/IUqkO6W3Dx
— Department of Health and Social Care (@DHSCgovuk) April 1, 2020
It comes as No 10 confirmed more than 2,000 NHS frontline staff in England have been tested for coronavirus since the outbreak began.
Cabinet minister Michael Gove said a shortage of chemicals needed for the tests meant the NHS – which employs 1.2m in England – could not screen its staff for the virus, BBC writes.
“Sadly, a 13-year old boy who tested positive for Covid-19 has passed away, and our thoughts and condolences are with the family at this time,” King’s College hospital said in a statement.
Earlier in the day, NHS England confirmed that a 19-year-old had died after testing positive for Covid-19. The Italian chef, named as Luca di Nicola by La Repubblica, was at that stage believed to be England’s youngest victim. His aunt told the website that he was “very healthy”.
New figures showed an additional 40 previously unreported coronavirus deaths in England and Wales earlier this month. The new backdated figures, published by the Office for National Statistics, suggest that almost one in five coronavirus deaths are occurring outside hospitals, so went uncounted in data published by NHS England.