Coronavirus: cases in the UK rise to 1,543

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom has increased from 171 to 1,543, according to the Department of Health (DoH).

The official death toll remained at 35 to 9 on Monday, the same number 24 hours earlier.

But just before the daily 2:00 p.m. update in Westminster, Wales announced its first fatality: a 68-year-old with basic health conditions treated at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.

“I am deeply saddened by the death of a person in Wales who had coronavirus. My deepest condolences are with family and friends, “said Prime Minister Mark Drakeford.

“We continue to work hard to respond to this rapidly changing situation as the impact of the virus continues to increase in the days and weeks ahead.”

Salisbury District Hospital also said Monday afternoon that a man in his fifties with basic health conditions, who died on March 11, had since tested positive for Covid-19.

About 44,105 people were tested for the virus in the UK at 9 am on Monday, DoH said.

Wales – where there are now 124 confirmed cases – has announced that another 30 people have tested positive on Monday.

Holyrood announced an increase of 17, bringing Scotland’s total to 171.

He arrives as Boris Johnson prepares to hold a televised press conference on Monday after an emergency meeting of the Cobra committee.

Ministers are believed to be banning mass meetings and telling elders to isolate themselves.

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The prime minister agreed to hold daily television press conferences to update the public, following a wave of criticism regarding the government’s approach to the pandemic.

Much of the criticism focused on the public availability of modeling and scientific advice that informed the government’s strategy.

Westminster is taking a different approach to other governments around the world and appears to have chosen to try to reduce the impact of further waves of pandemic by allowing it to move through the population in a controlled manner in the hope that immunity will develop. herd.

In the meantime, Public Health England (PHE) has now shifted its focus from observing the close contacts of infected people to looking for outbreaks, such as those in nursing homes and prisons.

The UK will also test patients who require hospitalization for pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome or flu-like illness.

As a result of this shift, many patients in the community who may have coronavirus will not appear in the official daily update.

Future projections of the pandemic course in the UK will be based on modeling to provide an estimate, with only a small sample of people actually tested.

PHE says it is a “solid surveillance program … that will help us understand the level of viruses circulating in the community”.

The World Health Organization also said that not all cases can be counted and will accept estimates based on available data of confirmed cases plus modeling.

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Additional reporting by PA


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