Another 917 dead as UK coronavirus death toll nears 10,000

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This includes 823 deaths in England, with an 11-year-old becoming one of the country’s youngest victims of the Covid-19 outbreak. Scotland reported 47 deaths today, taking the total number of fatalities there to 542, while 15 more people have lost their lives in Northern Ireland bringing the country’s total to 107.

The new figures – accurate as of 5pm on Friday – follow a massive rise of 980 yesterday and 938 on Thursday.

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The number of people who have tested positive for the illness now stands at 78,991. The Department of Health and Social Care said 18,091 tests had taken place on 10 April. It comes as 19 NHS workers are confirmed to have lost their lives in the pandemic.

Matt Hancock said today it was a ‘heartbreaking story’ and it affected everyone in the NHS to see their colleagues pass away.


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