The UK saw its biggest one-day increase in coronavirus deaths yesterday (Friday, April 4).
According to figures from the Department of Health and Social Care, 980 people died – higher than any one-day total in either Italy or Spain.
The update brings the UK death tolls up to 8,958.
More than 500 of those deaths have been recorded in Essex hospitals, including 100 deaths at Harlow’s Princess Alexandra Hospital and 96 at the Basildon University Hospital.
It is something that has, at some point, touched all our lives.
From cradle to grave, the National Health Service, and the incredible professionals within it who care for us, is a part of British life.
Today, more than ever, we should cherish those who dedicate themselves to our care, heedless of own health as they work tirelessly to care for people in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
We have never needed our doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other carers more.
So let’s show them some love, and create a living map of gratitude from every corner of Britain – visit www.thanksamillionnhs.co.uk to drop a heart on the map wherever you are in the world.
By dropping a heart on the map, you’re saying you appreciate the efforts undertaken daily in the NHS.
Thanks a million, NHS workers – we love you.
In Essex, there have now been 1,567 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 virus.
That breaks down to 1,232 cases in the area covered by Essex County Council, 180 cases in the Southend Borough area and 155 cases in the Thurrock Borough area.
Worldwide, there have now been more that 100,000 deaths because of coronavirus.
The public are being warned to stay indoors this weekend and continue to follow lockdown restrictions.
Temperatures are set to reach 24C later today, but police have warned that they will fine people they see breaking restrictions.
District Commander for Tendring Lily Benbow tweeted yesterday that she was pleased to see Clacton beach empty on Good Friday.
She posted: “It feels strange to say but I was glad to see an empty seafront in #Clacton today. Thanks for staying away”.
Current restrictions only allow people to leave the house once a day for exercise, to shop for essentials or to care for a vulnerable person.
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