The UK coronavirus death toll has increased to 18,100 in the UK as of 5pm yesterday (April 21).
As of 9am today (April 22.), the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 133,495 according to the Department of Health and Social Care.
The UK coronavirus death toll includes a five-year-old child with underlying health conditions and two teenagers, a 13-year-old boy and a 19-year-old man.
New figures are announced every day, as the country gets to grips with a near-lockdown situation in order to reduce the spread of the virus.
As of 9am 22 April, 559,935 tests have concluded, with 22,814 tests on 21 April.
411,192 people have been tested of which 133,495 tested positive.
As of 5pm on 21 April, of those hospitalised in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 18,100 have sadly died. pic.twitter.com/gFFpwZe1gl
— Department of Health and Social Care (@DHSCgovuk) April 22, 2020
Where is coronavirus in the UK?
According to latest figures, in England, there are 96,117 confirmed coronavirus cases with 16,272 hospital deaths.
Wales now has 7,850 confirmed cases with 609 deaths.
There are 8,672 confirmed cases in Scotland with 1,616 deaths.
And there are 2,758 cases in Northern Ireland with 216 deaths.
Reports from the US confirmed a baby who was less than one year old has died in Illinois, after testing positive for coronavirus.
The death of the infant was announced by Governor Pritzker in local media on Saturday.
The baby is thought to be the youngest victim of COVID-19 in the USA.
Lockdown until June
Meanwhile, a senior Government advisor has said the UK’s coronavirus lockdown must last until June.
Neil Ferguson, who is top epidemiology adviser, believes it will take until at least the summer to beat the bug.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week put strict rules in place in an effort to limit the number of deaths from COVID-19.
He said the lockdown measures will be reviewed after a three week trial.
But Mr Ferguson is certain they will need to stay in place for a minimum of 12 weeks.
He told The Times: “We’re going to have to keep these measures in place, in my view, for a significant period of time – probably until the end of May, maybe even early June. May is optimistic.”
Boris reaches out
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has written to every household in the UK.
He says things will “get worse before they get better” and has pledged to do “whatever it takes” to help families make ends meet during these unprecedented times.
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