AGENCIES, London: United Kingdom remains “in a dangerous phase” of the coronavirus outbreak and has not yet reached its peak as the number of daily fatalities recorded a spike and crossed the peak of Italy on April 10. Italy had reported its highest number of coronavirus fatalities on March 27.
The country experienced its deadliest day of the pandemic yet with a 980 deaths bringing the total number of deaths in hospital of patients who had tested positive for Covid-19 to 8,958. However, the figure relates to those who passed away in hospitals and does not include those in retirement villages, care homes and hospices and hence the actually tally could be higher.
With Easter bank holiday weekend coming up, authorities have cautioned people to maintain physical distancing and remain at at home.
On the brighter side, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s recovery is progressing well and he is out of intensive care and back on a ward at St Thomas’ hospital. After 10-days of self-isolation Johnson was admitted to the ICU on Sunday, April 5 where he spent four days there.
Although weakened physically, Johnson is now “able to do short walks” as his condition during his coronavirus recovery “continues to improve” said a Downing Street spokesman.
Stanley Johnson, the prime minister’s father, expressed relief that his son is out of the ICU and wanted him to rest. His illness had “got the whole country to realise this is a serious event”, he told BBC.
The police warned those breaking social distancing rules during the warm weekend that they can expect prosecution.