Child, 11, dies with coronavirus as UK death toll rises 917 to 9,875 – 63 lower than day before

Child, 11, with no underlying health issues becomes one of Britain’s youngest coronavirus victims as Covid-19 claims 917 lives in the last 24 hours – down from yesterday’s record 980

An 11-year-old with no underlying health issues is among a further 917 patients who have died in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus, bringing the total fatalities to 9,875.  

It is a drop from yesterday’s 980 deaths, which remains the highest recorded in a single day so far. 

The total cases also today jumped by 5,233 to 78,991 after an additional 18,091 tests were performed.

NHS England reported a further 823 patients had died in their hospitals in the past 24 hours.

Those who had lost their lives in England were aged between 11 and 102, and 33 of these – aged between 29 and 94 – had no underlying health conditions.  

Scotland today confirmed a further 47 deaths, bringing the nation’s total fatalities to 542. 

Today’s figures puts Britain on course to hit the grim 10,000 deaths milestone on Easter Sunday. 

The rise in deaths came as ministers ramped up their calls for Britons to remain indoors on a warm Easter weekend. 

But some of the public flouted these instructions and flocked to the nation’s parks, forcing police patrolling on horseback to intervene.

On another grim day in Britain’s coronavirus epidemic:

  • A row erupted between Health Secretary Matt Hancock and a top nurse over his claims that medics were overusing personal protective equipment; 
  • Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer led the backlash over the Health Secretary’s claim that NHS staff were ‘wasting’ PPE; 
  • Downing Street said the Prime Minister was making extremely good progress with his recovery from coronavirus;
  • Former Home Secretary David Blunkett blasted ‘Sermon on the Mount’ coronavirus briefings by ministers and accuses officials of ‘hectoring’ people;
  • Scientists said coronavirus can spread 13 FEET from sufferers – more than twice the 6ft social distancing gap demanded by government – and that isolating infected people at home is not a good strategy 

A police officer on a horse talks to sunbathers in Victoria Park, London, as Britons continue to bask in the glorious Easter sunshine

A group of eight police officers was seen walking past people taking their daily exercise in St James's Park in central London

A group of eight police officers was seen walking past people taking their daily exercise in St James’s Park in central London