- The daily increase of deaths, by 621 to a total of 4,934, marks a decrease compared to the previous day.
- A five-year-old boy with previous health problems became the youngest patient to die in British hospitals after testing positive for COVID-19.
- The government has put the UK on a general lockdown, closing pubs, restaurants, and almost all shops, while banning social gatherings.
British authorities reported on Sunday that coronavirus deaths rose by 621, and cases by 5,903. This brings the total number of cases in the country close to 50,000, and deaths to 4,934. At press time, the British government reported that it had carried out a total of 195,524 tests for coronavirus, of which 47,806 people tested positive.
The daily increase of deaths, by 621 to a total of 4,934, marks a decrease compared to the previous day. This morning, British government advisor and professor of mathematical biology at Imperial College, Neil Ferguson, estimated that it will take seven to ten days for the country to begin flattening the contagion curve.
“We believe that this epidemic in the United Kingdom will stabilize in the next week to 10 days,” he explained in an interview with the BBC. However, he avoided being more precise, given the fluidity of the situation. “We don’t have the ability right now to measure how many people have been infected, that will come with antibody tests, and so we are making statistical estimates of that and those are subject to a certain degree of uncertainty. We think it could be anywhere between about 7,000 or so up to a little over 20,000,” said Furguson.
Boy, 5, Dies of Coronavirus in Britain
A five-year-old boy with previous health problems became the youngest patient to die in British hospitals after testing positive for COVID-19, health authorities in England reported Saturday. “The family of the five-year-old patient has requested that no information be provided,” said the NHS public health service. Until now, the youngest deaths from coronavirus on record in the country was a 13 year-old.
Michael Gove, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, said later that the boy had previous health problems without giving further details. Although most of the fatalities of the new coronavirus are people over 60 years of age, there have been deaths in the world of several adolescents and children, who generally seem to suffer little from the symptoms of the disease.
A six-week-old baby died in the US state of Connecticut on Wednesday, after the death just days before another nine-month-old baby in Chicago.
Saturday’s death toll from the coronavirus in the United Kingdom topped 700, a high for the country. It highlights the rapid increase in mortality related to COVID-19 in the United Kingdom. A total of 708 infected people died in 24 hours, the British health authorities announced.
The government has put the UK on a general lockdown, closing pubs, restaurants, and almost all shops, while banning social gatherings. They have also ordered people to stay home unless going out is absolutely essential.
A second high-level government adviser, Professor of Infectious Disease Modelling, Graham Medley, told The Times on Saturday that he feared the United Kingdom had put itself in a corner without a clear way out of a strategy that would harm economic well-being and the mental health of a large part of the population.