13-day-old baby among latest UK coronavirus victims as death toll rises by 69

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  • June 18, 2020
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A 13-day-old baby with no underlying health conditions is among the latest UK coronavirus victims.

It comes as the number of people who have died after testing positive for Covid-19 in the UK jumped by 69.

A further 62 people who tested positive have died in hospitals in England, NHS England confirmed on Thursday, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 28,175.

The 13-day-old baby was the youngest victim, while the oldest was 96. Three of those who died, including the baby, had no known underlying health conditions.

Public Health Wales meanwhile said a further five people had died after testing positive for Covid-19, taking the total number of deaths to 1,471, while the total number of cases there increased by 48 to 14,970.

Scottish health officials reported a further two coronavirus deaths, bringing the country’s death toll to 2,464.

Northern Ireland reported no new fatalities, however.

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The UK total differs from the official Government death toll figures that covers all settings and will be released later today.

The latest figures come as data released on Thursday show almost three-quarters of people who test positive for coronavirus and enter the NHS tracking system are now being traced.

Some 14,045 people who tested positive for Covid-19 in England had their case transferred to the NHS Test and Trace contact tracing system during the first two weeks of its operation, according to the figures.

Of these, 10,192 people (73 per cent) were reached and asked to provide details of recent contacts.

Some 3,435 (25 per cent) people were not reached and a further 418 (3%) did not provide contact details.

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The Government is expected to announce a u-turn on its much-delayed NHSX app, however, and switch to technology provided by Apple and Google.

The design from the two tech giants enables more of people’s data to be kept private, which means the Government would have less access to figures on where corornavirus outbreaks are occurring.

But the Government conceded on Wednesday that its own app – previously heralded as a fundamental pillar of the country’s response to the pandemic – may not be ready until the winter.