Covid-19 hospital death toll jumps by 761 amid row over reported care home fatalities

Covid-19 hospital death toll jumps by 761 amid row over reported care home fatalities

The number of people who have died in UK hospitals after testing positive for Covid-19 has increased by 761, with the figure now nearing 13,000 .

The latest figure of 12,868 does not include those who have died while in social care settings. ​It comes amid concerns that care home fatalities are being under reported and calls for those figures to be released daily alongside hospital updates.

Meanwhile, the Government fis facing increasing pressure to detail how it intends to exit the coronavirus lockdown.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has told Dominic Raab, who is filling in for Boris Johnson as the PM recovers at Chequers , he will back an extension but has called for transparency on how the measures will eventually lift.

Chairman of the National Police Chiefs’ Council Martin Hewitt gave an update on crime levels during the pandemic today.

He detailed an overall drop of crime in England and Wales in the four weeks to April 12 of 28 per cent compared to the same period last year.

During the four weeks there has been a 37 per cent reduction in police recorded burglary, a 27 per cent drop in vehicle crime, serious assault, and personal robbery; and recorded rape offences have fallen 37 per cent.

Shoplifting has also dropped 54 per cent.

Fears have been raised of an increase in domestic violence amid enforced isolation at home, and police have seen an increase of three per cent in recorded offences year on year.

There has also been a 59 per cent rise in reports of anti-social behaviour, being attributed to breaches of coronavirus lockdown rules.

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