CORONAVIRUS deaths in the UK have risen to 38,489 after 113 more people died – the lowest rate since lockdown began.
The number of positive Covid-19 infections also jumped by 1,936 to 274,762 today as Britain prepares for lockdown to be eased tomorrow.
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The Department of Health confirmed the total number of deaths in the UK is now at 38,489 – a rise of 113.
This is the lowest daily death rate since lockdown began on March 23 but the figures are usually lower at the weekend due to a lag in reporting.
It comes as:
And it is lower than yesterday when 215 deaths were recorded in 24 hours – the lowest daily death rate on a Saturday in May.
Matt Hancock confirmed coronavirus testing capacity reached 200,000 on Saturday – including capacity for 40,000 antibody tests a day.
This means the government has reached their target by the end of May.
A further 85 deaths were recorded in hospitals in England in 24 hours – pushing the total number of deaths in the country to 26,641.
In Wales, a further 11 people have died – bringing their total to 1,342.
Scotland has suffered a further nine deaths – with their total now at 2,362.
While in Northern Ireland, one more person has died – bringing the total to 523.
The grim figures come after the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed this week 47,000 people may have been killed by the deadly bug in Britain already.
And according to data, the UK has registered 59,537 more deaths than usual since the week ending March 20, just before the lockdown began.
The figures equate to 891 people per million – a higher rate of excess deaths than any other country in the world with the same quality of data.
It comes as England prepares to relax lockdown tomorrow – with people able to meet safely in groups of six in a household’s garden or outdoors.
Reception, year one and year six students will also head back to classrooms but headteachers have warned they will look very different with strict social distancing measures in place.
Boris Johnson announced he would be easing the restrictions after the five crucial tests for lifting lockdown had been met.
Millions of vulnerable Brits will be told it is safe to venture outdoors again after ten weeks of being confined to their homes.
But scientists have warned it is premature to ease lockdown restrictions, with the R rate still hovering around 0.7-0.9. If it rises above 1 lockdown may be imposed again. .
Dominic Raab has also warned lockdown will be tightened again if there is an “uptick” in coronavirus infection rates.
The Foreign Secretary said the government will “target very carefully” measures to stop an increase in cases.
His warning came as Brits flocked to the beach today to enjoy the sunshine – despite the warnings.
And England’s deputy chief medical officer Jonathan Van Tam yesterday urged people not to “tear the pants out of” incoming lockdown freedoms.
The government advisor told the No10 press briefing: “It is like having a spring in a box and you have got the lid on. Now you can take the lid off a little but you haven’t disconnected the spring or broken the spring in any way.
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“If you take the lid right off the spring is still under tension and off it will go again.
“This is a dual responsibility here of Government to go slowly and carefully and to take the advice from the scientists, of the scientists to watch this whole thing very closely over the next few weeks and of the public in general to actually follow the guidance.
“Don’t tear the pants out of it and don’t go further than the guidance actually says.”
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Dominic Raab warns lockdown will be tightened again if there is ‘uptick’ in coronavirus infection rates