A 47-year-old with no underlying health problems is among the latest coronavirus victims announced in the UK.
On Wednesday evening, NHS England said 28 other people tested positive for Covid-19 died, bringing the total number of deaths in the UK to 465.
The other 27 people who died, including a 93-year-old person, all had basic health conditions.
The new figures came after the Prime Minister said that the UK is “doing really well in the most difficult circumstances.”
Boris Johnson said the government is “enormously intensifying” tests for coronavirus, as it announced that 405,000 people have now signed up as volunteers to help vulnerable people.
He said it was hoped that “very soon” 250,000 tests would be performed every day.
Speaking at the daily press conference in issue 10, he added that he wanted to offer “special thanks to all those who have now volunteered to help the NHS.
“When we launched the appeal last night, we were hoping to get 250,000 volunteers in a few days.
“But I can tell you that in just 24 hours, 405,000 people answered the call.
“This is already, in one day, as many volunteers as the people of Coventry.”
The figure was given when the Foreign Ministry announced that 37-year-old Steven Dick, deputy head of mission at the British embassy in Budapest, had died after contracting the coronavirus.
Clarence House previously announced that Prince Charles, 71, had self-isolated in Scotland with his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, 72, who did not have the virus.
A statement claimed that Charles had “mild symptoms” and that the couple had received SSN tests in Aberdeenshire after meeting the test requirements.
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During the press conference, the chief British medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, rejected claims previously made by Professor Sharon Peacock, director of the National Infection Service at Public Health England (PHE), who claimed that members of the public they will be able to perform the coronavirus antibody test at home very soon.
He said 3.5 million tests, which will tell people if they have had the virus, will be made available and distributed through Amazon and in places like Boots.
But Professor Whitty said that members of the public won’t buy these tests on the Internet next week.
He stressed that frontline National Health Service workers would need tests before they could get back to work if they had already had the virus.
The NHS is also conducting separate tests to see if people currently have the virus, which is being administered to patients in hospitals along with some community samples.
Previously, NHS England medical director Professor Stephen Powis said that hundreds of thousands of these tests for Covid-19 per day could become a reality in a matter of weeks.
It comes as:
– Boris Johnson urged Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to “put more pipes online” but resisted calls to ban non-essential construction workers from going to construction sites.
– Parliament is ready to update itself for an Easter break after passing emergency legislation to tackle Covid-19.
– The Prime Minister confirmed that ministers are considering asking black taxi drivers to act as a transportation service for NHS workers.
Answering a question about how well the country was facing, Johnson said that “in our history the government has never put its weapons around people the way we are doing now to help them get through this time.”
He added that a tailored support package to help self-employed workers will be announced on Thursday.
The Prime Minister said: “I think when you look at the vastness of what the government is doing to get this country through, we will do it and we will do it very well in the most difficult circumstances possible.”
Professor Whitty has said that it will be a “close thing” that the NHS will be able to overcome the next few weeks without the coronavirus crisis having overwhelmed the overwhelming ability of intensive care.
Everyone had to follow rigorous blocking measures designed to slow down the spread of the virus in order to offer the NHS the best possible chances, he added, adding that the NHS was increasing its capacity.
Although there was currently “not enormous pressure”, the National Health Service was ready to increase the demand for intensive care beds in the next two weeks.
“Because of the actions that people are taking, and as long as everyone continues to maintain social exclusion measures – which are very difficult, in terms of staying within families, only by doing absolutely essential things apart from exercising – that they will help reduce very long demand, “he said.
He continued: “This will be a close thing, we all know it. Anyone who looks around the world can see that it will be difficult for any health system.”
Elsewhere, the British Medical Association (BMA) has warned that doctors and patients will die without adequate personal protective equipment (PPE).
He said doctors are at risk of serious illness and death from lack of supplies or local rationing and warned that many others could get sick unless immediate action is taken.
Matt Hancock, health secretary, said millions of pieces of PPE have been shipped in the past few days and that a hotline has been set up to allow staff to report where there are shortages.
Speaking earlier to the Commons science and technology committee, lead expert Professor Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London and a member of the Science Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), which advises the government, said the current predictions are that the SSN will be able to cope if blocking measures are followed and capacity increases as expected.
“There will be some areas that are extremely stressed but we are reasonably confident – which is all we can be at the present time – that we will be able nationally,” he said.
The professor. Ferguson said widespread testing is needed to help move the country from repression and blockade measures into something it can handle in the long run.
He added: “Clearly we cannot block the country for a year.
“The challenge that many countries in the world are facing is how to move from an initial intensive blockade … to something that will affect society but allow the economy to restart.
“This is likely to be based on large-scale testing and contact traceability. It should be said that the whole world is in the very early stage of developing such strategies.”
The professor. Ferguson said the hope is that once the blockade is lifted, the infection can be kept at manageable levels.
He said the demand for intensive care in the UK will peak in about two to three weeks and then decrease.
Covid-19 deaths in the UK are also “unlikely” to over 20,000, he said.
A total of 719 people in Scotland tested positive for choroanvirus – with 22 deaths.