Britains COVID-19 Death Toll Soars Past 13,000 as Health Official Urges Longer Lockdown

Britains COVID-19 death toll has soared to almost 14,000, official government figures showed, while the countrys health minister said it is too early to lift the lockdown.

The number of single-day deaths in the UK due to the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, a coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19, was down to 861 on April 15 from its April 8 peak of 938.

“These figures do not include deaths outside hospital, such as those in care homes,” British authorities said. “The figures on deaths relate in almost all cases to patients who have died in hospital and who have tested positive for COVID-19.”

Similarly, the number of new infections, which on April 15 stood at 4,618, is down from its peak. Both trends are a sign that the outbreak may be slowing.

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Epoch Times Photo Medical staff are seen testing people at a COVID-19 test center in Chessington, UK, on April 2, 2020. (Toby Melville/File Photo/Reuters)

Still, British health minister Matt Hancock said Thursday that while the outbreak is starting to peak, it is too early to lift the lockdown because the virus would “run rampant.”

“We think it is too early to make a change,” Hancock said at a briefing Thursday. “While weve seen a flattening of the number of cases, and thankfully a flattening of the number of deaths, that hasnt started to come down yet.”

“If we just released all the measures now, then this virus would run rampant once again and we cant let that happen,” Hancock said.

A formal government announcement extending the lockdown is expected later Thursday.

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Epoch Times Photo Britains Health Secretary Matt Hancock speaks during the daily COVID-19 digital news conference in London, Britain, on April 15, 2020. (Andrew Parsons/No 10 Downing Street/Handout via REUTERS)

British minister Nicola Sturgeon was cited by the BBC as saying that she was “increasingly confident” that lockdowns were having an effect on the virus, but added that “we are by no means through this yet.”

She urged people to continue to stay home and avoid going outside unless absolutely necessary, adding that some restrictions would remain in place “for a considerable period of time.”

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