UK coronavirus death toll soars to 422 after record number die in single day

The UK COVID-19 death toll has risen to 422, just a day after NHS England announced coronavirus had taken the lives of more than 300 Brits.

Across the UK, a total of 8,077 people have tested positive for COVID-19, up from 6,650 on Monday.

According to NHS England, 21 of the deaths were reported at London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust in Harrow.

A further seven died at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex, while four died at each of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospitals of Leicester, and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Earlier today, Public Health Wales confirmed one more person has died from the disease, taking the number of deaths in the country to 17.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced two more people in Scotland fell victim to COVID-19 after testing positive.

Scotland’s total is now at 17, while Northern Ireland’s remains at just two deaths, with 148 confirmed cases.

The chilling figures come just a day after Boris Johnson announced a nationwide lockdown in a bid to prevent the spread.

The Prime Minister said it is now time Brits take social distancing seriously in order for our NHS to not become overwhelmed with critical COVID patients.

Speaking from Downing Street, the Prime Minister banned people from leaving their homes except for specific purposes.

These include shopping for basic necessities, basic exercise, medical needs, and travelling to and from work, but only if it is absolutely impossible to work from home.

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The strict new measures are designed to keep “the most vulnerable” safe and isolate the spread of the virus.

If not, NHS could be "overwhelmed" by coronavirus as Italy has been, Johnson warned.

Italy – where medics have had to make heartbreaking decisions about which patients to treat – is just two weeks ahead of the UK, he said.

Johnson said: "Unless we act together, unless we make the heroic and collective national effort to slow the spread – then it is all too likely that our own NHS will be similarly overwhelmed.

"The Italians have a superb health-care system.

"And yet their doctors and nurses have been completely overwhelmed by the demand."

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the pandemic is accelerating after it took 67 days to reach 100,000 coronavirus cases, but just 11 days to reach 200,000, while 300,000 cases were reached in just four days.

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