The country has reported 60,733 cases and health boards have recorded 7,097 deaths.
In the United Kingdom the number of confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases has reached 60,733 since the virus was first detected in the country in Feb. 2020. According to data from geographic information system ArcGIS, there have been 7,097 reported deaths with the virus (April 8) — the main symptoms of which are a fever, tiredness and persistent dry cough. This figure includes deaths in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
A majority of confirmed cases and related deaths are located in England. Each day across the UK there are 5,491 new cases and 938 deaths (April 8).
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– Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to St. Thomas’, a National Health Service hospital, after persistent symptoms of COVID-19. On Thursday (April 9), the BBC reported that the prime minister is conscious and in a “stable condition”, but still in an intensive care unit. Johnson tested positive with COVID-19 on March 27 after experiencing mild symptoms.
– In a daily briefing on April 2, health secretary Matt Hancock announced the government’s goal to raise testing for COVID-19 across the country to 100,000 per day by the end of April. This goal will include an increase in swab testing for critical workers and seriously ill patients to 25,000 a day in England by mid to late April, with aligned testing strategies planned across other devolved health authorities.
– On March 23, the UK government announced tighter restrictions on the population’s movement, with only essential travel and one piece of exercise per day permitted. This was in addition to restrictions on businesses, with restaurants, pubs and cafes ordered to close. The stay-at-home order remains in place, and according to the government it is under constant review.
– On Sunday (April 5) Queen Elizabeth gave a rare address to the nation, in which she thanked the efforts of everyone “on the NHS frontline”, as well as care workers and other essential roles. This is only the fourth time in her 68-year reign that she has made a special address, and it was watched by over 24 million people, according to the BBC.
On March 23, the entire nation was placed into stay-at-home lockdown after a public address from Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has since written a letter to every household in the UK. “In just a few short weeks, everyday life in this country has changed dramatically,” Johnson wrote. “If too many people become seriously unwell at one time, the NHS will be unable to cope. This will cost lives.”
The restrictions in place in the UK allow for citizens to leave their homes in only certain circumstances:
– Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
– One form of exercise a day – for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household;
– Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person; and
– Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.
Though these measures from the Westminster government affect all countries within the United Kingdom, devolved governments in Wales and Scotland and the Northern Ireland Executive also maintain a level of control over specific countermeasures and advice given to the public and businesses.
Reference : livescience.com