The UK Department of Health said 78,991 people had tested positive for the CCP virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus, as of 8 a.m. GMT on Saturday. Britain is hoping the number of infections, hospital admissions, and deaths are reaching a peak, allowing it to consider easing the country’s lockdown.
The numbers reflected only the deaths that occurred in hospitals.
The National Health Service (NHS) data shows 823 of the deaths came from hospitals in England.
Those who died in England were aged between 11 and 102 years old, and 33 had no known underlying health condition, NHS England said.
On Friday, the UK recorded the highest 24-hour deaths with 980 people dying from the CCP virus in hospitals.
The virus, which originated in China, has caused 103,874 deaths globally and over 1.7 million people infected as Saturday morning, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
The numbers are considered to be inaccurate because of the underreporting of cases from mainland China.
There are 501,680 confirmed cases and 18,780 deaths in the United States.
Government Urges People to Avoid Traveling
As people typically spend time with family or friends around Easter, the UK Prime Minister’s office urged the British to stay home over the Easter weekend.
“We understand that people will want to spend time with their friends and families this Easter, and we recognize that we are asking the public to make sacrifices in the fight against this disease,” a government spokesperson said in a statement on Thursday. “We are at a crucial moment in preventing further transmission of coronavirus, and so it is vital that we continue following the government’s guidance to stay at home, protect the NHS, and save lives.”
Some national parks in England including the North York Moors National Park, also appealed to people to avoid Easter travel unless it’s absolutely essential.
“The beautiful North York Moors will still be here when this is all over, but for now we would urge people to keep following government guidance. The better we all adhere to such measures, the earlier such restrictions are likely to be lifted. Please don’t be tempted no matter what the weather brings. Stay home, stay safe, and thank you for not traveling,” said Andy Wilson, Chief Executive of the Moors National Park Authority.
The North York Moors is an upland area in North Yorkshire, England, containing one of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the United Kingdom.
Reuters contributed to the report.