The Department of Health and Social Care recorded those deaths in hospitals from 5 p.m. Saturday to 5 p.m. Sunday and only includes those who died in hospitals, according to The Independent.
The highest recorded in one day in the UK was 980 deaths on April 10 due to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus, according to the Department of Health and Social Care.
The department’s Twitter page said: “As of 9 a.m. on April 12, 352,974 tests have concluded. Of the 282,374 people tested, 84,279 returned a positive. As of 5 p.m. on 11 April, of those hospitalized in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 10,612 have sadly died.”
The Independent reported that 24 people have died in Scotland, Wales reported 18 more deaths, and Northern Ireland reported 11 more deaths.
As of 9am 12 April, 352,974 tests have concluded, with 18,000 tests on 11 April.
282,374 people have been tested of which 84,279 tested positive.
As of 5pm on 11 April, of those hospitalised in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 10,612 have sadly died pic.twitter.com/xzxBZDmXnk
— Department of Health and Social Care (@DHSCgovuk) April 12, 2020
NHS England said that in English hospitals alone, 657 people died from the CCP virus. Within those deaths, ages ranged from 26 to 100, and 42 of those who died had no prior health condition. Sunday’s death toll was 121, with the remaining 531 deaths occurring between April 1 through April 10.
NHS England’s daily new figures may include deaths that took place several days or even weeks earlier, because of the time it takes for confirmation to test positive for the CCP virus, for post-mortem tests to be processed, and for data from tests to be validated.
The Guardian reported that out of all the countries in Europe, only France had surpassed UK deaths in 24 hours. However, France’s numbers comprise official deaths in hospitals as well as from care homes.
Before the release of the official numbers on Sunday, there were concerns that the UK might end up having the highest number of patients dying from the disease.
“The numbers in the UK have continued to go up. I do hope we’re coming close to the number of new infections reducing … and the number of deaths plateauing and starting to come down,” said Sir Jeremy Farrar, a member of the Sage committee, who advises the government on pandemic issues.
“And yes, the UK is likely to be certainly one of the worst, if not the worst affected country in Europe,” Farrar told the BBC.