Coronavirus in Suffolk: UK death toll reaches nearly 3000

Cheryl Sanders
April 4, 2020

The figures on deaths relate in nearly all cases to patients who have died in hospital and who have tested positive for COVID-19.

For context, the previous day's rise was a further 569 deaths, which took the total to 2,921, and another 33, 718 tests were positive for Covid-19, a rise of 4,244.

"As of 5pm (16:00 GMT) on 31 March, of those hospitalised in the United Kingdom who tested positive for coronavirus, 2,352 have sadly died", the health ministry said on Twitter.

The Department of Health compiles its figures from data supplied by the four countries' health agencies, who then release their own figures, often recording more deaths and figures.

There have been concerns of an outbreak in prisons, with 88 prisoners now testing positive across 29 prisons in England and Wales, the Ministry of Justice said.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the government is aiming at the end of the month to be carrying out 100,000 coronavirus tests a day in England.

At the same time, earlier in the day, the NHS Nightingale Hospital, capable of housing up to 4,000 people, opened its doors to coronavirus patients at the ExCel convention centre in London.

Data on United Kingdom positive and negative tests and data on deaths is updated at 2pm or shortly after.

The UK locked down last week in an attempt to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

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