The coronavirus death rate hit a new high in Britain on Apr. 7, when 854 fatalities were recorded in 24 hours owing to the pandemic, raising the total death toll to 6,159 victims, with the nation still on top of the list with the highest number of infection cases in the world- 400,412.

Of the hundreds of people who succumbed to the health complications arising from coronavirus,  29 did not have any underlying health issues or long-term illnesses before they contracted the virus and their condition worsened. In this exceptionally high death toll in a single day, the age of the deceased ranged from a 23-year-old with other known health problems to people who are 102.

But this death toll can be misleading owing to the variety of time frames used in counting methods in the U.K. While NHS England registered deaths of 758 people, 854 deaths were recorded by the authorities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. 

It also doesn’t help that deaths may be happening on one day, but owing to the fact that they are being backdated 10 days or more, they are recorded on a later date. These delayed numbers increase the death toll for that day, making it look steeper than it really is. 

But yes, the number of infected cases registered- only 3,634 people in the past 24 hours, even the pace and number of those being tested has considerably increased. This is the smallest rise in the total number of cases this week. 

This has raised the hope that the U.K. is finally stepping towards a change in the trajectory of the virus and “flattening the curve” of the epidemic, as per the Chief scientific adviser to the Government, Sir Patrick Vallance.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson still remains in intensive care in London’s St Thomas Hospital

But, according to his spokesperson, he is in good health, does not have pneumonia (the prime symptom when a case of coronavirus worsens) and is breathing on his own. The Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, standing in a deputy PM, for the time being, is confident that Johnson will beat the virus as he is a “fighter.” 

Coronavirus COVID-19 New York, USA - Mask People line up outside Elmhurst Hospital to get tested due to coronavirus outbreak on March 24, 2020 in Queens, New York City. New York City has about a third of the nation’s confirmed coronavirus cases, making it the center of the outbreak in the United States. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images) Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images