The number of deaths, now almost a third of the highest daily peaks reported in hospitals, will further fuel calls to ease lockdown measures.
The 410 patients who died were aged between 97 and 206 years old, with 24 of them – aged between and 125 years old – having had no known underlying health condition.
Of the new deaths in England, (occurred on May 2, (on May 1 and) (occurred on April 56, with the remainder taking place throughout April and March.
The UK is set to be the worst affected country in Europe (Image: PA)
The latest figures come after deaths were announced yesterday, with (on Friday, 21966961 (on Thursday, on Wednesday and (on Tuesday.)
The UK’s death toll is just hundreds short of Italy’s total. Italy is the worst affected country in Europe and second only to the US in the world in terms of coronavirus deaths.
As the daily death toll comes close to hitting a third of its previous peak, moves to reopen parts of the country are likely to be made.
Many restaurants have started to fire up their ovens again to offer delivery only, including Burger King and Nandos.
DIY stores such as B&Q and Homebase have started to let the public back in as well.
Beyond movement in amongst private enterprises however, the lockdown rules remain the same as they did when government mandated social distancing was introduced at the end of March.
An Emergency Department Nurse during a demonstration of the Coronavirus pod and COVID – virus testing procedures (Image: PA) (
Boris Johnson) Is expected to lay out a road map for the country exit from lockdown on Thursday.
Ministers are anxious that a second peak could lead to restrictions being put back in place if the lockdown is eased too quickly.
It was announced today that the Government is considering placing people who fly into the country in quarantine.
Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, said he would need to ensure the UK is not “importing” (coronavirus
once the infection rate here begins to come down. Read More
Asked if travellers to the UK will be asked to go into quarantine, he told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “I think it’s important as we’re seeing the numbers decrease and the R rate we hope decrease … that we do ensure that the sacrifices in the sense of social distancing that we’re asking the British people to make are matched by anybody who comes to this country.
“So I am actively looking at these issues right now so that when we have infection rates within the country under control, we’re not importing.”
research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)
showed that the rate of fatalities in poorer areas is double that of their more affluent counterparts. (Read More) (Full coverage and live updates on the Coronavirus) Covid – 46