The UK coronavirus death toll has jumped to 26,097 after the Government started counting deaths in care homes and the wider community for the first time. Previously, the Government only counted people who had died in hospitals after testing positive for coronavirus. Yesterday, the official figure on hospital deaths stood at 21,678 – some 4,419 lower than today’s figure. Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed the new method of reporting includes an additional 3,811 deaths since the start of the outbreak. Of these, around 70% were outside hospital settings and around 30% were in hospital.
During the daily briefing from Downing Street, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: ‘As of today there have now been 818,539 tests for the virus across the UK including 52,429 tests that took place yesterday. Coronavirus latest news and updates
‘165,221 people have tested positive and that’s an increase of 4,076 cases on yesterday’s number. ‘Those figures show that up to yesterday on the new measure we have recorded an additional 3,811 deaths in today. And I think it’s just important to say that those additional deaths were spread over the period from the 2nd of March – the 28th of April.