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UK's coronavirus crisis kills a Briton every TWO MINUTES: Birmingham is England's hotspot


The coronavirus is killing one Briton every two minutes – and Birmingham is the epicentre of the UK’s crisis, figures show. 

The darkest day of the UK’s outbreak yesterday saw a further 786 deaths reported, bringing the total to 6,159. 

However, the outbreak seems to be slowing, with the lowest number of new cases diagnosed yesterday.  

Figures show the NHS trust with the most victims in England is University Hospitals Birmingham, followed by several trusts in London.

The hospital body has already recorded 263 deaths, 37 of which were included in yesterday’s record toll. 

Birmingham has also consistently had the most coronavirus cases throughout the outbreak, in comparison to other local authorities.

Almost 1,400 of the UK’s total 55,242 cases have been in Birmingham, higher than any singular London borough. At the other end of the scale, Rutland has recorded just six cases. 

Figures show the NHS trust with the most coronavirus victims in England is University Hospitals Birmingham, with 263 recorded fatalities

Figures show the NHS trust with the most coronavirus victims in England is University Hospitals Birmingham, with 263 recorded fatalities

Birmingham has also consistently had the most coronavirus cases throughout the outbreak, in comparison to other local authorities. Almost 1,400 of the UK's total 55,242 cases have been in Birmingham. Surrey and Hampshire  are second and third

Birmingham has also consistently had the most coronavirus cases throughout the outbreak, in comparison to other local authorities. Almost 1,400 of the UK’s total 55,242 cases have been in Birmingham. Surrey and Hampshire  are second and third

The sharp increase in deaths reported yesterday – up from 439 on Monday and 621 on Sunday – suggests the outbreak has not yet burned out. 

It means a British person dies of the disease every two minutes, based on yesterday’s figures. The virus began spreading in the UK in February.

In comparison, heart attacks cause a death every three minutes in the UK, and stroke one every five minutes, according to charities.  

The figures come as the UK Government face questions about how the escalating crisis will be managed in the absence of the Prime Minister.

Boris Johnson has been in intensive care at St Thomas’ Hospital since Monday night, admitted after concerns his coronavirus symptoms weren’t subsiding.

Downing Street say Mr Johnson is ‘stable and in good spirits’ and has not been on a ventilator, amid fears that would be the likely scenario.

The hospital is one of two run by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, which has so far reported 47 deaths.

It is a fraction of the 183 reported at London North West University Trust, which runs four hospitals and is the worst hit body in the capital. 

But a Birmingham NHS trust has recorded the most, with 263 deaths from COVID-19 – the disease caused by the coronavirus. 

UHB trust runs Good Hope Hospital, Heartlands Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and Solihull Hospital.

King’s College Hospital Trust has recorded the third-highest number of deaths (163), followed by Royal Free London (151). 

In fact, of the 20 trusts in England reporting the most COVID-19 deaths, seven of them are in the capital London.

WHERE ARE THE 10 AUTHORITIES WITH THE MOST CASES? 

1. Birmingham: 1,372

2. Surrey: 1,017

3. Hampshire: 989

4. Essex: 938

5. Hertfordshire: 933

6. Kent: 923

7. Lancashire: 923

8. Sheffield: 883

9. Brent: 819

10. Cumbria: 804

WHERE ARE THE 10 AUTHORITIES WITH THE LEAST CASES? 

1. Rutland: 6

2. Isle of Wight: 36 

3. Isle of Wight: 36 

4. Hartlepool: 36 

5. Kingston upon Hull, City of: 38 

6. North East Lincolnshire: 49 

7. Darlington: 55 

8. Torbay: 57 

9. Peterborough: 62 

10. North Lincolnshire: 62   

Some 202 people in London were included in the daily death toll yesterday. Many of those may have died in the days prior because of a lag in recording. 

The Midlands accounts for one fifth of all deaths in England – 1,196 deaths of 5,655. London is in front, with 1,706. 

The capital is nearing almost 13,400 infections in total, which would explain why so many of London’s hospitals are counting high fatalities.  

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HOW MANY DEATHS ARE IN EACH REGION? 

Midlands: 1,196 

London: 1,706 

North East and Yorkshire: 700

North West: 642

East of England: 563 

South East: 562

South West: 286  

Total for England: 5,655

Scotland: 220

Wales: 193

Northern Ireland: 63

But when England is broken down into authorities, none of the 32 boroughs of London have as many cases as Birmingham. 

The boroughs of Southwark, Lambeth and Croydon are the hardest-hit, with 710, 698 and 689 cases, respectively. In comparison, Birmingham has recorded 1,372. 

New diagnoses in Surrey and Hampshire have climbed at speed over the course of the UK’s outbreak. Both authorities now have around 1,000 cases each.  

At the lower end of the league, with 30 to 40 cases, is Kingston upon Hull, Hartlepool and Isle of Wight.

Rutland has had a light escape so far. There have been six cases recorded in the small English authority, after it remained virus-free for weeks.  

The UK’s top scientist yesterday offered the public a glimmer of hope that the strict coronavirus shutdown is having an impact.

Sir Patrick Vallance said that the sharp fall in newly diagnosed cases, from a peak of 5,903 on Sunday, suggested the curve may finally be flattening. 

But both the chief scientific adviser and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is standing in for the PM, were cautiously optimistic.

It will be another week before experts know for sure whether the battle is being won, and said it is vital now, more than ever, that everyone continues to follow rules on staying at home and social distancing.

Separate figures released show that almost five per cent of all deaths in England and Wales may have been as a result of coronavirus.    

Of all deaths in the week up to March 27, 539 death certificates mentioned coronavirus, which is 4.8 per cent, according to the Office for National Statistics.

That’s risen from one per cent of deaths the week before. 

WHICH NHS TRUSTS IN ENGLAND HAVE RECORDED THE MOST CORONAVIRUS DEATHS? 
TRUST DEATHS TRUST DEATHS
UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS BIRMINGHAM NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 263 BRADFORD TEACHING HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 23
LONDON NORTH WEST UNIVERSITY HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST 183 ROYAL UNITED HOSPITALS BATH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 23
KING’S COLLEGE HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 163 UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS BRISTOL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 23
ROYAL FREE LONDON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 151 NORTH WEST ANGLIA NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 22
BARTS HEALTH NHS TRUST 138 BEDFORD HOSPITAL NHS TRUST 21
ST GEORGE’S UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 120 JAMES PAGET UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 21
CROYDON HEALTH SERVICES NHS TRUST 118 LANCASHIRE TEACHING HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 21
THE ROYAL WOLVERHAMPTON NHS TRUST 114 ROYAL SURREY COUNTY HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 21
IMPERIAL COLLEGE HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST 112 KETTERING GENERAL HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 20
SANDWELL AND WEST BIRMINGHAM HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 106 DONCASTER AND BASSETLAW TEACHING HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 20
EPSOM AND ST HELIER UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 102 SOUTHPORT AND ORMSKIRK HOSPITAL NHS TRUST 20
LEWISHAM AND GREENWICH NHS TRUST 100 STOCKPORT NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 20
THE DUDLEY GROUP NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 95 ASHFORD AND ST PETER’S HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 20
UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS OF DERBY AND BURTON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 94 EAST SUSSEX HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST 20
LIVERPOOL UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 86 BLACKPOOL TEACHING HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 19
NORTH MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL NHS TRUST 85 COUNTESS OF CHESTER HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 19
FRIMLEY HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 82 GREAT WESTERN HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 19
SOUTH TYNESIDE AND SUNDERLAND NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 81 TORBAY AND SOUTH DEVON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 19
PORTSMOUTH HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 77 THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL, KING’S LYNN, NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 18
BARKING, HAVERING AND REDBRIDGE UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 74 HULL UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 17
CHELSEA AND WESTMINSTER HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 72 WARRINGTON AND HALTON TEACHING HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 17
UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS OF MORECAMBE BAY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 71 WRIGHTINGTON, WIGAN AND LEIGH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 17
THE PRINCESS ALEXANDRA HOSPITAL NHS TRUST 69 ROYAL BERKSHIRE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 17
MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 63 UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS PLYMOUTH NHS TRUST 17
BASILDON AND THURROCK UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 61 CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 16
UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS OF LEICESTER NHS TRUST 61 AIREDALE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 16
UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS OF NORTH MIDLANDS NHS TRUST 60 NORTH TEES AND HARTLEPOOL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 16
SALFORD ROYAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 60 EAST LANCASHIRE HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 16
SURREY AND SUSSEX HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST 60 BUCKINGHAMSHIRE HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST 16
SOUTH TEES HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 59 WESTERN SUSSEX HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 15
THE HILLINGDON HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 58 POOLE HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 15
SHEFFIELD TEACHING HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 58 ROYAL DEVON AND EXETER NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 15
MID YORKSHIRE HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 54 HARROGATE AND DISTRICT NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 14
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 53 THE ROTHERHAM NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 14
LEEDS TEACHING HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 53 BRIGHTON AND SUSSEX UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 14
NOTTINGHAM UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 52 SALISBURY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 14
EAST SUFFOLK AND NORTH ESSEX NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 51 GATESHEAD HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 13
UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS COVENTRY AND WARWICKSHIRE NHS TRUST 51 DARTFORD AND GRAVESHAM NHS TRUST 13
PENNINE ACUTE HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 49 THE ROYAL BOURNEMOUTH AND CHRISTCHURCH HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 13
GUY’S AND ST THOMAS’ NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 47 NORTHERN LINCOLNSHIRE AND GOOLE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 12
HOMERTON UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 47 EAST CHESHIRE NHS TRUST 12
KINGSTON HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 47 MEDWAY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 11
NORTHUMBRIA HEALTHCARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 47 WEST SUFFOLK NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 10
LUTON AND DUNSTABLE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 46 DORSET COUNTY HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 9
WORCESTERSHIRE ACUTE HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 46 ESSEX PARTNERSHIP UNIVERSITY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 7
GLOUCESTERSHIRE HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 46 WYE VALLEY NHS TRUST 7
NORTH CUMBRIA INTEGRATED CARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 44 TAUNTON AND SOMERSET NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 6
OXFORD UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 43 ISLE OF WIGHT NHS TRUST 5
EAST AND NORTH HERTFORDSHIRE NHS TRUST 41 OXFORD HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 5
MID ESSEX HOSPITAL SERVICES NHS TRUST 41 SUSSEX COMMUNITY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 4
COUNTY DURHAM AND DARLINGTON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 41 DORSET HEALTHCARE UNIVERSITY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 4
HAMPSHIRE HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 41 WORCESTERSHIRE HEALTH AND CARE NHS TRUST 3
WEST HERTFORDSHIRE HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 40 WESTON AREA HEALTH NHS TRUST 3
WALSALL HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST 37 YEOVIL DISTRICT HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 3
EAST KENT HOSPITALS UNIVERSITY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 37 ROYAL PAPWORTH HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 2
CALDERDALE AND HUDDERSFIELD NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 36 CENTRAL AND NORTH WEST LONDON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 2
MILTON KEYNES UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 35 EAST LONDON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 2
BOLTON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 35 HCA UK – The Princess Grace 2
TAMESIDE AND GLOSSOP INTEGRATED CARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 33 NORTH EAST LONDON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 2
SOUTHEND UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 32 Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability West Hill 2
THE NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 31 BIRMINGHAM COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 2
UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL SOUTHAMPTON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 30 Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust 2
NORFOLK AND NORWICH UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 29 TEES, ESK AND WEAR VALLEYS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 2
WIRRAL UNIVERSITY TEACHING HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 29 LIVERPOOL HEART AND CHEST HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 2
SHREWSBURY AND TELFORD HOSPITAL NHS TRUST 28 THE CHRISTIE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 2
SOUTH WARWICKSHIRE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 28 SOUTHERN HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 2
UNITED LINCOLNSHIRE HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 28 SOMERSET PARTNERSHIP NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 2
ROYAL CORNWALL HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 28 HERTFORDSHIRE COMMUNITY NHS TRUST 1
SHERWOOD FOREST HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 27 OXLEAS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 1
MAIDSTONE AND TUNBRIDGE WELLS NHS TRUST 27 ROYAL BROMPTON & HAREFIELD NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 1
MID CHESHIRE HOSPITALS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 26 SOUTH WEST LONDON AND ST GEORGE’S MENTAL HEALTH NHS TRUST 1
NORTH BRISTOL NHS TRUST 26 DERBYSHIRE COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 1
NORTHAMPTON GENERAL HOSPITAL NHS TRUST 25 THE ROBERT JONES AND AGNES HUNT ORTHOPAEDIC HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 1
YORK TEACHING HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 24 THE ROYAL ORTHOPAEDIC HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 1
ST HELENS AND KNOWSLEY TEACHING HOSPITALS NHS TRUST 24 THE WALTON CENTRE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 1
WHITTINGTON HEALTH NHS TRUST 23 BERKSHIRE HEALTHCARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 1
CHESTERFIELD ROYAL HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 23 KENT COMMUNITY HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 1
GEORGE ELIOT HOSPITAL NHS TRUST 23 GLOUCESTERSHIRE HEALTH AND CARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 1
BARNSLEY HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST 23
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WHICH AREAS OF ENGLAND HAVE RECORDED THE MOST CORONAVIRUS CASES? 
AREA CASES AREA CASES
Birmingham 1,372 Cheshire West and Chester 227
Surrey 1,017 Rotherham 223
Hampshire 989 Bradford 222
Essex 938 Barking and Dagenham 222
Hertfordshire 933 Barnsley 216
Kent 923 Richmond upon Thames 213
Lancashire 923 Leicester 211
Sheffield 883 Bristol, City of 211
Brent 819 Northumberland 211
Cumbria 804 Cheshire East 209
Barnet 717 Nottingham 204
Southwark 710 Kirklees 203
Lambeth 698 Kingston upon Thames 199
Croydon 689 Cornwall and Isles of Scilly 198
Staffordshire 597 Wigan 197
Wandsworth 557 Medway 196
Liverpool 552 Luton 195
Bromley 547 Gateshead 188
Newham 535 Milton Keynes 186
Ealing 533 Rochdale 186
Lewisham 516 Bolton 185
Derbyshire 501 North Tyneside 183
Oxfordshire 501 Tameside 182
Harrow 500 Southampton 181
Northamptonshire 473 East Sussex 181
Nottinghamshire 469 Wakefield 177
Worcestershire 419 Middlesbrough 169
Warwickshire 400 Knowsley 169
Westminster 398 Slough 167
Waltham Forest 393 Central Bedfordshire 164
Walsall 386 Warrington 162
Enfield 370 Shropshire 157
Newcastle upon Tyne 367 Wiltshire 156
Hillingdon 366 Bury 151
Hackney and City of London 365 Doncaster 144
Gloucestershire 364 South Gloucestershire 139
Sandwell 363 Southend-on-Sea 136
Manchester 361 Wokingham 129
Hounslow 361 Reading 128
Tower Hamlets 361 Dorset 126
Merton 358 Thurrock 125
Norfolk 341 Stockton-on-Tees 123
Leeds 340 Bedford 120
Leicestershire 339 Stoke-on-Trent 117
Greenwich 337 Windsor and Maidenhead 116
Wolverhampton 335 Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole 116
Buckinghamshire 329 Portsmouth 115
Camden 321 Somerset 114
Redbridge 319 Redcar and Cleveland 112
Dudley 309 Halton 107
Haringey 308 West Berkshire 107
County Durham 303 Plymouth 102
Sefton 289 South Tyneside 101
Sutton 287 East Riding of Yorkshire 97
Hammersmith and Fulham 286 Calderdale 94
Sunderland 285 Blackburn with Darwen 86
North Yorkshire 285 Brighton and Hove 86
Kensington and Chelsea 278 Blackpool 85
Coventry 277 North Somerset 82
Lincolnshire 277 Telford and Wrekin 79
Bexley 274 Bracknell Forest 79
Havering 273 York 75
Stockport 270 Swindon 75
Islington 268 Herefordshire, County of 70
West Sussex 266 Bath and North East Somerset 67
Derby 263 North Lincolnshire 62
Suffolk 263 Peterborough 62
Wirral 262 Torbay 57
Salford 259 Darlington 55
Solihull 241 North East Lincolnshire 49
Trafford 240 Kingston upon Hull, City of 38
St. Helens 239 Hartlepool 36
Cambridgeshire 237 Isle of Wight 36
Devon 236 Rutland 6
Oldham 232
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