AT least 40 more people have died from coronavirus in the UK as hidden deaths at home were today revealed for the first time.
In England and Wales, there were a total of 210 deaths that occurred up to and including March 20 with Covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate.
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At the time, the death toll for England and Wales was 170 – meaning there are at least 40 more coronavirus deaths.
Today's figures do not include Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Currently, there have been 1,408 deaths in the UK but these numbers only include those who have died in hospital based on NHS figures, not deaths at home.
And they also only go up to March 20 – three days before strict lockdown measures were imposed by Boris Johnson to curb the spread of the disease.
The ONS will release the figures each Tuesday – giving a fuller picture of the impact of the deadly disease on Britain.
Unlike the NHS figures, which are limited to those who died in hospital after testing positive for the disease, these wrap in deaths where Covid-19 is mentioned as a suspected cause of death where someone has not necessarily tested positive for the disease.
It comes after yesterday's death toll marked the first time the daily increase in deaths has fallen for two consecutive days – suggesting Britain's lockdown may be working.
At least four of those who died had no pre-existing medical conditions, the Department of Health said.
Among the latest deaths is RSPCA worker Jayne Lowry, who died four days after her 26th birthday.
It is not known if she had underlying health problems.
Jayne, of Preston, Lancs, did not have a cough but went into cardiac arrest on Saturday evening and died in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Euan’s dad Robert Murray added: “For all those who think social distancing is a joke, reality hit home hard this morning.
“Covid-19 does not just affect the old! It has no respect of age or gender.”
The tragedy came a week after Chloe Middleton, 21, from High Wycombe, Bucks, became the the UK’s youngest coronavirus victim with no existing medical issues.
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