UK records more coronavirus deaths, taking death toll past 27,000

UK records 427 more coronavirus deaths - taking Britain's official COVID-19 fatality count to 27,198 NHS England today confirmed another 352 COVID-19 victims in hospitals  Scotland announced 40 more fatalities, Northern Ireland 18 and Wales 17 Those three countries now record care home deaths in their daily update The Department of Health gives the true number of deaths outside hospitals It has yet to post the official daily update - they should be published at 2pm The DH doesn't reveal how many COVID-19 deaths occurred outside of hospital Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

By Stephen Matthews Health Editor For Mailonline

Published: 15:02 BST, 1 May 2020 | Updated: 15:48 BST, 1 May 2020

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The UK today announced 427 more coronavirus deaths, taking Britain's official fatality toll to 27,180. 

NHS England confirmed another 352 COVID-19 victims in hospitals. But the number of deaths elsewhere in the community has yet to be revealed.

Scotland today announced 40 more fatalities, Northern Ireland posted 18 and Wales recorded 17 more - all three of the counts include care home deaths. 

The Department of Health has yet to post the official daily update, which takes into account all fatalities outside of hospital. But it does not provide a clear breakdown of how many occurred in different settings, such as hospitals. 

It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson last night confirmed the nation is past the peak of the outbreak, with the darkest days now behind us.

In another tumultuous day of coronavirus developments:

Ministers were warned the 'stay at home' messaging may have worked too well amid fears 'coronaphobia' could stop the UK getting back up and running; An interactive map has broken down exactly how many coronavirus deaths have been recorded across England and Wales; A top midwife warned coronavirus could lead to a surge in baby deaths because women enduring a difficult pregnancy are afraid to go to hospitals; Ministers faced demands to push for South Korea-style contact tracing amid signs that the 100,000 a day target for coronavirus tests has been met;  Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer

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