London, May 4 : With 315 more losing their lives to COVID-19 in the UK, the death toll in the country rose to 28,446, Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove said. The figures include deaths in hospitals, care homes and the wider community, he further said on Sunday.
There were 76,496 COVID-19 tests carried out till Sunday morning and more than 200,000 key workers and their families had been tested for coronavirus. At Sunday’s, Mr Gove stated that in the coming days Prime Minister Boris Johnson would talk more about the government’s plan on the next step when the lockdown in Britain would be eased. He further stated that the comprehensive plan would explain 'how we can get our economy moving, how we can get our children back to school, how we can travel to work more safely, and how we can make life in the workplace safer.' Co-chairing the conference, National Medical Director of NHS (National Health Service) England Stephen Powis told the media that the peak of hospital admissions has now passed, particularly in London.
'We are very aware of the effects that lockdown can have, socially, emotionally and on health. Deaths due to the virus have to be balanced off over time against the harm that is done around lockdown. It’s not easy. Those are two things that are not easy to reconcile,' he said. Asked about the role of the contact tracing app in the government’s policy of suppressing the virus, Dr Powis noted that it’s unlikely it’ll be the single intervention that will ensure that the virus is always under control. 'It will need to sit aside other measures that we have become used to, such as self-isolating if you have symptoms of the virus,' he added. (UNI)