COVID-19 death toll tops 12000 in UK

Deaths in the United Kingdom caused by the coronavirus by April 3 were 15% higher than initially reported, according to official data from the Office of National Statistics published on Tuesday.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures on care home deaths show that 237 people died from coronavirus in care homes in England and Wales in the two weeks until April 3.

The ONS said: "The figures published on are valuable because they are available very quickly and give an indication of what is happening day by day".

Britain has reported 89,571 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, 11,347 deaths, and 323 recoveries, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker.

"We are working with ONS and Public Health England to look at how to provide a more accurate and timely picture of the impact of COVID-19 on adult social care", said CQC, the regulator for the care sector.

"Elderly as well as citizens with co-morbidities, if they develop even slightest symptoms like fever, dry cough, sore throat or mild breathlessness, should immediately report to their nearest civic-run coronavirus health centre for treatment", the release said.

"Older people's lives are not worthless".

This included 217 in care homes, 33 in hospices and 136 in homes. "The government must step in and make it clear that no one will be abandoned to this virus simply due to their age, condition or where they live", they note.

According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), with 150 more persons testing positive in the last 24 hours, the coronavirus case count jumped to 1,549 in the financial capital.

This is widely accepted to be lower than the actual number of deaths because of reporting delays and the Department of Health only accounting for deaths in hospitals.

"These are tough times and there will be more to come", said Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak during Tuesday's Downing Street daily press briefing, adding that the latest death figures are a "powerful reminder" of the need for people to stick to social distancing rules.

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