Coronavirus: 39 more people die in England bringing UK death toll to 177

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A sign directs patients towards an NHS 111 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pod, where people who believe they may be suffering from the virus can attend and speak to doctors, at London University Hospital in London on March 5, 2020.  (Photo by Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A coronavirus sign at a hospital in London, as the UK death toll rose to 177 on Friday. (Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

A further 39 people who tested positive for the coronavirus in England have died, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths in the UK to 177.

There have now been 167 deaths in England.

A third person died from coronavirus in Wales, it was confirmed earlier on Friday.

There have also been six deaths in Scotland and one in Northern Ireland, which were confirmed earlier this week.

A statement from NHS England said: “A further 39 people, who tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in England to 167.

“Patients were aged between 50 and 99 years old and had underlying health conditions.

“Their families have been informed.”

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The patients died at hospitals run by the following NHS Trusts:

  • Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn NHS Trust – 2

  • Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust – 1

  • South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – 1

  • Medway NHS Foundation Trust – 1

  • Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust – 2

  • Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust – 1

  • Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust – 2

  • Great Western Hospital NHS Trust – 1

  • Torbay & South Devon NHS Foundation Trust – 2

  • Royal Gloucester NHS Foundation Trust – 1

  • Royal United Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – 1

  • Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – 4

  • Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust – 1

  • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – 4

  • University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust – 1

  • Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust – 3

  • London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust – 1

  • Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – 4

  • St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – 3

  • University College London Hospitals NHS Trust – 1

  • Croydon Health Services NHS Trust – 2

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It comes as news emerged that social distancing measures may need to stay in place for up to a year to control the spread of COVID-19, according to scientists advising the government.

The Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling agreed on Monday that, while the severity of measures could alternate during the period, “stricter” measures would need to be enforced for at least half of the year in order to keep cases at a level the NHS can cope with.

Strict measures could include school closures and social distancing for everyone, while less restrictive measures include isolating cases and households.

On Thursday, Boris Johnson told the nation he expected to “turn the tide” on the coronavirus outbreak within 12 weeks.

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