Coronavirus death toll reaches 28,635 as 78 more die

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Dorset declares major incident as thousands pack beaches

The death toll in England’s hospitals has reached 28,635, according to the latest figures released by NHS England.

A further 78 people, who tested positive for the Covid-19, have died, the most recent statistics showed on Saturday, June 27.

Patients were aged between 56 and 97 years old. Two patients, aged 73 and 96, had no known underlying health conditions.

Their families have been informed.

The number of deaths of patients with Covid-19 by region are as follows:

 East of England              5

 London                            2

 Midlands                         15

 North East & Yorkshire   4

 North West                      27

 South East                      22

 South West                      3

 TOTAL                            78

The latest death toll, which marked 78 new tragedies, comes days after thousands of Brits packed the beaches across the south of England.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned the government will not hesitate to tighten the lockdown once again.

Mr Johnson issued the warnings on Friday, June 26 after the huge numbers sparked a “major incident” as temperatures reached 33C in some places.

The Council declared a major incident after seeing its beaches in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole inundated with people.

The swarm of beachgoers led to frantic warnings from England’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty.

And Health Secretary Matt Hancock has warned beaches will be closed off if thousands continue to flock to beaches.

A No 10 spokesperson also issued a warning to the thousands of sunseekers amid fears of a second spike.

Boris Johnson’s official spokesman said: “It’s not for me to pass comment on particular photographs.

“What I would say is that the PM and the government’s scientific and medical advisers have stressed the great importance of the public continuing to adhere to social distancing advice.

“It’s only because of the public’s hard work that we’ve been able to bring the virus under control.

“If the rules don’t continue to be followed and the virus starts to spread exponentially again, then we will look at having to reverse some of the easements that we’ve put into place.

“And I don’t think anyone in the British public would want for that to happen.”

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