Saturday 2 May 2020 19:37, UK
The number of people who have died with coronavirus in hospitals, care homes and the wider community in the UK has risen by 621 to 28,131.
The number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus is up 4,806 to 182,260.
During Saturday’s daily news conference, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said that 1,129,907 coronavirus tests have been carried out in the UK, including 105,937 on Friday.
Mr Jenrick reiterated that the UK had “passed the peak of the virus” and reassured people that the prime minister would explain “how we will address the second phase” next week.Advertisement
Each home nation has also disclosed daily figures for hospital deaths.
In England, a total of 370 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospitals, bringing the total number of deaths to 20,853.
A further 44 people have died in Wales, taking the total number of deaths there to 969, Public Health Wales said.Coronavirus UK tracker: How many cases in your area? Updated daily
In Northern Ireland, the number of deaths have gone up by 11 to 376, and in Scotland they are up 44 to 1,559.
At the news conference, deputy chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harries said the number of people in hospital had decreased by 13% in the last week and London had come back down to the levels of other regions across the UK.
“The pressure on the NHS is now moving down,” she confirmed.
On the daily number of COVID-19 deaths in all settings, she said the death rate is “starting to come down very gradually, very slowly – it’s very important we continue to practice social distancing”.
Mr Jenrick revealed more about the government’s plans for contact tracing, saying that work on a “multi-faceted strategy with the (NHS) app at its heart,” was under way.
The app aims to reduce infection rates by alerting people who may have been exposed to the virus so they can take action to protect themselves.
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