UK’s COVID-19 cases near 300,000

A total of 41,481 people died in hospitals, care homes, and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of Thursday, up by 202 from 41,279 the day before, said the Department of Health and Social Care.

The government figures do not include all deaths involving Covid-19 across the UK, which is thought to have passed 52,000.

The DHSC also said in the 24 hours up to 9 am on Friday, 193,253 tests were carried out or dispatched, with 1,541 positive results.

Overall, a total of 6,434,713 tests have been carried out, and 292,950 cases have been confirmed positive.

The figure for the number of people tested has been “temporarily paused to ensure consistent reporting” across all methods of testing.

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) emerged in late 2019 in China’s Hubei province, and the virus has spread to over 200 countries and territories since then.

To date, COVID-19 cases surpassed 7,635,000 globally, resulting in more than 3,865,000 recoveries and over 424,000 deaths.

On February 11, the WHO officially named the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) as COVID-19, and on March 11, declared it a pandemic.