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Britain’s coronavirus toll climbs as the country suffers mroe deaths

Britain’s coronavirus daily death toll today rose by 5 per cent to 888 – dashing hopes that the country’s fatality curve may be flattening after days of uncertainty. 

The total death toll is now 15,464 but it is feared there are thousands more due to a delay in recording hospital fatalities and the failure to include those in care homes. Officials said 357,023 people have now been tested for the infection out of a total of 460,437 tests carried out. Some 114,217 of these people have tested positive.

The Department of Health and Social Care said the total number of cases has risen by 5,526 on the previous day – and some 21,389 tests were carried out yesterday. Today’s daily death toll is the worst in a week since 917 on April 11, and the fourth worst figure so far – after 980 on April 10, 938 on April 8 and the figure on April 11. 

But fewer than 900 deaths have been recorded in UK hospitals for seven days in a row, giving faint hopes that the darkest days of the crisis could now be behind us. Today’s higher figure comes after a total of 847 deaths was reported by officials yesterday, which was a drop on the previous day’s total of 861. 

Britain is now one of just five countries with more than 15,000 deaths from the pandemic – alongside the US, Italy, Spain and France. The UK has been in lockdown since March 23, and will be until at least May 7. 

Just over a week ago, April 10 was Britain’s deadliest day with 980 deaths – the worst day for any European country only recording hospital deaths, overtaking Spain’s previous continent high of 950 on April 3. 

The worldwide death toll is now at 155,076, with 2,257,216 cases now registered in 193 countries and territories since the outbreak began in China last December. Of these cases, at least 497,600 are now considered recovered. 

It comes as:

  • NHS workers have been left furious at the lack of personal protective equipment in hospitals after being told to reuse it and ‘wear aprons’ to treat patients;
  • The World Health Organisation said antibody tests may not help to ease lockdown measures because they do not guarantee immunity;
  • A key adviser to the Government said trials for a vaccine for the disease could be completed by mid-August;
  • Tributes were paid today to a detective constable and police intelligence worker in different forces who have both died after contracting coronavirus;
  • The cost of a weekly shop has risen as much as £7 as supermarkets removed promotions to curb panic-buying in the initial phase of the pandemic; 
  • Second World War veteran Captain Tom Moore’s charity single has gone straight to the top of the UK iTunes chart as the hero’s fundraising total passed a staggering £23million.

Death tolls released by public health bodies in UK regions this afternoon show England has now had 784 deaths, Scotland 56, Wales 28 and Northern Ireland 17. England’s death toll now stands at 13,918, followed by Scotland on 893, Wales with 532 and Northern Ireland at 193. 

Of the 784 new deaths in England announced today, NHS England said 150 occurred yesterday, 320 were on Thursday and 101 were on Wednesday. The latest figures today also show 187 of the deaths took place between April 1 and April 14, and the remaining 26 deaths occurred in March.

In England, all of the latest patients to die were aged between 26 and 100. Of those, 38 aged between 44 and 96 had no known underlying health condition. 

Top ten highest UK daily death tolls so far 

  1. 980 – April 10
  2. 938 – April 8
  3. 917 – April 11
  4. 888 – April 18 (TODAY)
  5. 881 – April 9
  6. 861 – April 16
  7. 841 – April 17
  8. 786 – April 7
  9. 778 – April 14
  10. 761 – April 15

NHS England releases updated figures each day showing the dates of every coronavirus-related death in hospitals in England, often including previously uncounted deaths that took place several days or even weeks ago.

This is because of the time it takes for deaths to be confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19, for post-mortem examinations to be processed, and for data from the tests to be validated.

The figures published on Saturday by NHS England show April 8 currently has the highest total for the most hospital deaths occurring on a single day – 799 – although this could change in future updates.

It comes after the World Health Organisation said antibody tests may not help to ease lockdown measures because they do not guarantee immunity.

WHO chiefs have warned world leaders against investing too heavily in the tests, which can show whether a person has already had coronavirus.

Britain and many countries had hoped antibody tests would allow those who can prove they have had the virus – and therefore thought to be immune – to return to work and stabilise the economy.

A patient arrives at St Thomas' Hospital in London by ambulance today as the crisis continues

A patient arrives at St Thomas' Hospital in London by ambulance today as the crisis continues

A patient arrives at St Thomas’ Hospital in London by ambulance today as the crisis continues

Paramedics and staff at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital wearing various items of PPE today as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus

Paramedics and staff at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital wearing various items of PPE today as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus

Paramedics and staff at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital wearing various items of PPE today as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus

But Dr Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s emergencies programme, said there was limited evidence that coronavirus survivors were guaranteed future immunity to the disease.

Worldwide coronavirus death toll hits 2million

The worldwide death toll from the novel coronavirus pandemic rose to 155,076 today, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.

More than 2,257,216 declared cases have been registered in 193 countries and territories since the epidemic first emerged in China in December.

Of these cases, at least 497,600 are now considered recovered.

The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO), probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections.

Many countries are testing only the most serious cases.

In the United States, now the epicentre of the pandemic, the death toll stood at 37,079 with 706,779 infections. At least 59,672 patients have recovered.

Italy is the next most-affected country with 22,745 deaths and 172,434 confirmed infections.

It is followed by Spain with 20,043 fatalities and 191,726 confirmed infections, France with 18,681 deaths and 147,969 infections and Britain with 15,464 deaths and 114,217 cases.

China – excluding Hong Kong and Macau – has to date declared 4,632 deaths and 82,719 cases.

Europe has listed 1,121,081 cases and 98,873 deaths to date, the US and Canada together have 738,706 cases with 38,445 deaths, Asia 158,764 cases with 6,837 deaths, the Middle East 119,462 cases with 5,452 deaths, Latin America and the Caribbean 91,699 cases with 4,367 deaths, Africa 19,674 cases with 1,016 deaths and Oceania 7,835 cases with 86 deaths.

This means those who have already had the virus could be at risk of being reinfected.

In addition, NHS workers have been left furious at the lack of personal protective equipment in hospitals after being told to reuse it and ‘wear aprons’ to treat coronavirus patients.

The British Medical Association has labelled the situation a ‘sorry state of affairs’ with doctors feeling unprotected at work despite the UK being two months into the crisis.

Frontline medics fear some NHS trusts could run out of gowns and coveralls this weekend with stocks now ‘exhausted’, with the anger coming amid fears they might have to treat virus patients with only plastic aprons for protection.

Meanwhile a key adviser to the Government on coronavirus has said trials for a vaccine for the disease could be completed by mid-August.

Human testing of a potential vaccine is due to begin within the next week at Oxford University.

Asked about the possibility of a vaccine being produced by the autumn, Professor Sir John Bell, a member of the Government’s vaccine task force and an adviser on life sciences, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘The real question is will it have efficacy?

‘Will it protect people, and that has not been tested and it will only be tested once you have vaccinated a significant number of people and exposed them to the virus and counted how many people have got the virus in that population.

‘So, we won’t even get a signal for that until May.

‘But if things go on course and it does have efficacy, then I think it is reasonable to think that they would be able to complete their trial by mid-August.’

Sir John said of the candidate vaccine being tested at Oxford: ‘If we can see evidence of a strong immune response by the middle or the end of May, then I think the game is on.

MailOnline has produced a chart using data published by The Grocer, showing how weekly shops at Morrisons and Waitrose have risen by 9.6 per cent and 4.8 per cent from March 2020

MailOnline has produced a chart using data published by The Grocer, showing how weekly shops at Morrisons and Waitrose have risen by 9.6 per cent and 4.8 per cent from March 2020

MailOnline has produced a chart using data published by The Grocer, showing how weekly shops at Morrisons and Waitrose have risen by 9.6 per cent and 4.8 per cent from March 2020

Detective Constable John Coker, 53, died last night after contracting coronavirus

Detective Constable John Coker, 53, died last night after contracting coronavirus

Greater Manchester Police's Marcia Pryce died on April 2 after catching the infection

Greater Manchester Police's Marcia Pryce died on April 2 after catching the infection

Detective Constable John Coker (left), 53, died last night after contracting coronavirus, while Greater Manchester Police’s Marcia Pryce (right) died on April 2 after catching the infection

‘Then, of course, there is the massive issue of how you manufacture at scale many billions of doses.’

NHS staff told to treat virus patients without wearing gowns

Medics could be forced to treat virus patients with only plastic aprons for protection as supplies of full-length gowns are set to run out this weekend.

New guidance was issued last night amid reports at least 60 NHS trusts were expecting to exhaust their stocks of gowns.

This includes all hospitals in London, which reportedly need tens of thousands of gowns delivered urgently.

The guidance from Public Health England sets out what front-line staff should do where there are no gowns left.

Options include borrowing from other hospitals with supplies, wearing coveralls or using the flimsy plastic aprons.

It is a significant U-turn from previous PHE guidance, which required full-length waterproof surgical gowns for all high-risk hospital procedures. The move will prompt fears more doctors and nurses will become infected due to a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE). 

The comments came amid fears that some hospitals could run out of certain types of personal protective equipment (PPE) this weekend.

Chris Hopson, chairman of NHS Providers, said some trusts will run out of supplies on Saturday or Sunday because we have ‘reached the point where national stock of fully fluid repellent gowns and coveralls (is) exhausted’.

The comments came as a British Medical Association (BMA) survey of more than 6,000 doctors across the country said a significant amount of them remain without the protection they need to guard against Covid-19.

It echoed another survey of 14,000 medical staff by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) which found half of nurses have felt pressure to work without appropriate protective equipment during the crisis.

It comes after it was revealed that doctors and nurses in England will be asked to work without full-length gowns and to reuse items when treating coronavirus patients ahead of expected shortages of protective garments, prompting outrage from unions.

BMA council chairman Dr Chaand Nagpaul said: ‘The Government says that one billion items will soon have been shipped, and while there have been signs of improvement, our research clearly shows that equipment is not reaching all doctors working on the frontline. 

A shopper leaves The Range store in Plymouth today with a trolley full of purchased goods

A shopper leaves The Range store in Plymouth today with a trolley full of purchased goods

A shopper leaves The Range store in Plymouth today with a trolley full of purchased goods

Members of a city specialist cleaning team spray disinfectant around posts in Eastleigh today as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus

Members of a city specialist cleaning team spray disinfectant around posts in Eastleigh today as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus

Members of a city specialist cleaning team spray disinfectant around posts in Eastleigh today as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus

‘Too many doctors and healthcare staff have already lost their lives. We cannot afford to risk losing any more.’

WHO says antibody tests do not guarantee immunity from the virus

Antibody tests may not help to ease lockdown measures because they do not guarantee immunity, the World Health Organisation claims.

WHO chiefs have warned world leaders against investing too heavily in the tests, which can show whether a person has already had coronavirus.

Britain and many countries had hoped antibody tests would allow those who can prove they have had the virus – and therefore thought to be immune – to return to work and stabilise the economy.

But Dr Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s emergencies programme, said there was limited evidence that coronavirus survivors were guaranteed future immunity to the disease.

This means those who have already had the virus could be at risk of being reinfected.

He added: ‘Nobody is sure whether someone with antibodies is fully protected against having the disease or being exposed again.

‘Plus some of the tests have issues with sensitivity – they may give a false negative result.’ 

He added: ‘Just yesterday the Health and Social Care Secretary said he could not guarantee that hospitals would not run out this weekend.’

The BMA survey found just under a third of doctors working in high-risk areas – aerosol-general procedure (AGP) areas – and other non-AGP hospital settings said they were sometimes pressurised to work without adequate protection, while 50% of doctors working in AGP areas said there were shortages of, or no supply at all of, long-sleeved disposable gowns and disposable goggles.

Public Health England (PHE) reversed its guidance on Friday evening which stipulated long-sleeved disposable fluid repellent gowns should be worn when treating Covid-19 patients.

If the gowns are not available, clinical staff are now advised to wear ‘disposable, non-fluid repellent gowns or coveralls’ or ‘washable surgical gowns’, with aprons, and to wash their forearms afterwards.

At least 50 NHS workers have now died after contracting coronavirus.

A Department of Health spokesman said: ‘New clinical advice has been issued today to make sure that if there are shortages in one area, frontline staff know what PPE to wear instead to minimise risk.’

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, a body that describes itself as speaking for the health and care system, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘I think the worrying situation is absolutely there.

‘The reality is that there is a chance, and I don’t think it’s definite, but there is a chance hospitals could run out or, indeed, other parts of the system could run out of the gowns which are required to treat some, not all, Covid patients.’

Meanwhile, Tory former party leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith said the Government should stop treating people ‘like children’ by refusing to discuss exit strategies for ending the lockdown.

Trials for a vaccine for the coronavirus could be completed by mid-August

A key adviser to the Government on coronavirus has said trials for a vaccine for the disease could be completed by mid-August.

Human testing of a potential vaccine is due to begin within the next week at Oxford University.

Asked about the possibility of a vaccine being produced by the autumn, Professor Sir John Bell, a member of the Government’s vaccine task force and an adviser on life sciences, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘The real question is will it have efficacy?

‘Will it protect people, and that has not been tested and it will only be tested once you have vaccinated a significant number of people and exposed them to the virus and counted how many people have got the virus in that population.

‘So, we won’t even get a signal for that until May.

‘But if things go on course and it does have efficacy, then I think it is reasonable to think that they would be able to complete their trial by mid-August.’

Sir John said of the candidate vaccine being tested at Oxford: ‘If we can see evidence of a strong immune response by the middle or the end of May, then I think the game is on. Then, of course, there is the massive issue of how you manufacture at scale many billions of doses.’

He told the Times: ‘The Government is going to have to accept and admit we are coming out of lockdown.

‘We need to trust the British people and not treat them like children. We must respect their common sense. They need to know that the sun is rising at some point in an economic sense.’

Meanwhile a campaign thanking NHS staff for their work during the coronavirus crisis has raised £1 million.

More than 200,000 people have supported the £OneMillionClaps campaign in a week by donating £5 to send a personal message of support to NHS workers.

ITV, official broadcast partner for the campaign, dedicated a day of broadcasting messages to NHS staff on the front line.

The #OneMillionClaps campaign is part of an appeal launched two weeks ago by NHS Charities Together – the official umbrella organisation for NHS charities.

Donations will be used to provide a range of supplies and support for NHS staff, volunteers and patients – including food, travel, accommodation, electronic communication devices to keep in touch with family and friends, and mental health support and counselling.

If the campaign generates a million claps, the appeal will raise at least £5 million – and significantly more if supporters make a Gift Aid declaration that enables the charity to reclaim tax on their gift.

A short film featuring NHS staff and people from across the UK has been produced to promote the appeal.

The film – voiced by David Walliams – features a re-recording of the Queen classic We Will Rock You with a new lyric: ‘NHS, We Love You. We Say, We Say, Thank You.’ 

You’ll Never Walk Alone: Captain Tom Moore’s charity single with Michael Ball goes straight to top of iTunes – pipping Vera Lynn – as hero’s fundraising passes £22million

By Sophie Tanno and James Gant For MailOnline

Captain Tom Moore’s charity single has gone straight to the top of the UK iTunes chart as the hero’s fundraising total passed a staggering £22million.

The 99-year-old war veteran collaborated with singer Michael Ball for a heartwarming version of You’ll Never Walk Alone.

It has narrowly pipped Vera Lynn’s stirring rendition of We’ll Meet Again to the top spot.

The 99-year-old war veteran is raising millions for NHS Charities Together amid the coronavirus pandemic, after initially expecting to raise just £1,000 by completing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday

Captain Tom Moore's charity single, a collaboration with singer Michael Ball, has gone straight to the top of the UK iTunes chart

Captain Tom Moore's charity single, a collaboration with singer Michael Ball, has gone straight to the top of the UK iTunes chart

Captain Tom Moore’s charity single, a collaboration with singer Michael Ball, has gone straight to the top of the UK iTunes chart

The veteran collaborated with singer Michael Ball (pictured) for a heartwarming version of You'll Never Walk Alone

The veteran collaborated with singer Michael Ball (pictured) for a heartwarming version of You'll Never Walk Alone

The veteran collaborated with singer Michael Ball (pictured) for a heartwarming version of You’ll Never Walk Alone

Ball and Capt Moore's (pictured) single has narrowly pipped Vera Lynn's stirring rendition of We'll Meet Again to the top spot

Ball and Capt Moore's (pictured) single has narrowly pipped Vera Lynn's stirring rendition of We'll Meet Again to the top spot

Ball and Capt Moore’s (pictured) single has narrowly pipped Vera Lynn’s stirring rendition of We’ll Meet Again to the top spot

Capt Tom has been raising money for NHS Charities Together to help frontline medics battle the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed 14,576 in the UK.

He initially expected to raise £1,000 by completing 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.

He finished the walk ahead of schedule on Thursday – after starting out on April 13 – and has seen more than a million donors help the fundraiser soar past £22million.

After capturing the hearts of the nation, Capt Tom joined forces with Ball to create their own uplifting version of You’ll Never Walk Alone.

The pair recorded the duet of the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein tune, which has become an anthem for medical staff during the pandemic, featuring the NHS Voices of Care Choir.

The track has a spoken work introduction from Capt Moore, where he says: ‘Hold your head up high and don’t be afraid of the dark.’

It has already climbed to the top of the iTunes chart ahead of the Second World War veteran’s 100th birthday on April 30.

Originally from Keighley in West Yorkshire, Captain Moore trained as a civil engineer before enlisting in the Army for the Second World War, rising to captain and serving in India and Burma

Originally from Keighley in West Yorkshire, Captain Moore trained as a civil engineer before enlisting in the Army for the Second World War, rising to captain and serving in India and Burma

Originally from Keighley in West Yorkshire, Captain Moore trained as a civil engineer before enlisting in the Army for the Second World War, rising to captain and serving in India and Burma

He was posted to India where he fought in the Arakan Campaign of 1942-3, when the Allies pushed back against the Japanese in Burma

He was posted to India where he fought in the Arakan Campaign of 1942-3, when the Allies pushed back against the Japanese in Burma

He had a battle with skin cancer a while ago and, a couple of years back, had a fall in the kitchen in which he broke his hip and gashed his head

He had a battle with skin cancer a while ago and, a couple of years back, had a fall in the kitchen in which he broke his hip and gashed his head

Captain Moore was posted to India where he fought in the Arakan Campaign of 1942 to 1943 during the Second World War

Michael Ball sang You'll Never Walk Alone from his home to Captain Moore on Thursday, after telling him: 'It's an extraordinary achievement. I've been trying to think of a song which encapsulates your achievement and what you have done for us'

Michael Ball sang You'll Never Walk Alone from his home to Captain Moore on Thursday, after telling him: 'It's an extraordinary achievement. I've been trying to think of a song which encapsulates your achievement and what you have done for us'

Michael Ball sang You’ll Never Walk Alone from his home to Captain Moore on Thursday, after telling him: ‘It’s an extraordinary achievement. I’ve been trying to think of a song which encapsulates your achievement and what you have done for us’

The country has taken to the war veteran, with this sign in Piccadilly Circus in central London congratulating him

The country has taken to the war veteran, with this sign in Piccadilly Circus in central London congratulating him

The country has taken to the war veteran, with this sign in Piccadilly Circus in central London congratulating him

West End star Ball, 57, had called for their joint single to reach number one in time for Cpt Moore’s birthday.

He said: ‘There isn’t one of us who has failed to be inspired by Captain Tom Moore. It is one of the single greatest honours of my career to sing with this genuine national hero, supported by the incredible NHS Voices for Care Choir.

From Yorkshire to India: Captain Tom Moore’s career in the military

Captain Tom Moore was conscripted into the British Army in June 1940 when he was 20, alongside all men aged 20 to 35.  

He began his military career in Otley, West Yorkshire, where he joined the 8th Battalion, the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment under Lieutenant Lord George Saville.

The Regiment was sent to train in Wadebridge, Cornwall where they were tasked with coastal defence amid a predicted German invasion.

A young Captain Moore was soon promoted to Corporal and sent to the officer cadet training unit in Droitwich Spa.

Here, he celebrated his 21st birthday after he passed as a Second Lieutenant.

In August 1941, he was sent to the DWR headquarters in Halifax where he joined the 9th Battalion at Winchcombe.  

The infantry battalion then converted to an armoured regiment 146th Royal Armoured Corp, though the majority of the soldiers could not drive.

In October, the unit was posted to Bombay, now Mumbai, in India. The journey took six weeks by sea, with a four-day delay in Freetown, Sierra Leone and a four-day stop in Cape Town.

Captain Moore then took a train from Bombay to Poona, before arriving at Kirkee, a town now known as Khadki.

The 9th DWR formed the 50th Indian Tank Brigade under the command of Brigadier Schreiber.

Captain Moore was then asked by the Brigadier to start a motorcycling course for the Brigade due to his expertise for the sport.    

The Brigade was then ordered to move to Calcutta – the road journey was in a monsoon and took three weeks. 

His Battalion was stationed in the Lohardaga district near Ranchi.

They then took part in two exercises in the Arakan before moving further east and south to Rangoon.

Captain Moore was then sent on a course at the approved vehicle depot in Bovington, England.

He remained here as an instructor until it was closed. 

‘Not only is he the biggest single fundraiser in British history and a decorated war veteran, he is the most charming man you could ever wish to meet.

‘Hopefully he can now add singing star to his many talents. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could give him a number one record for his 100th birthday!’

Cpt Moore said: ‘I never in my wildest dreams imagined I would be releasing a single with Michael Ball OBE, but I also never thought it possible for me to walk in the garden and raise millions.

‘So why not sing, spread some cheer and again – raise money for our national heroes. NHS this one is for you!’

Capt Moore has been personally thanked by the Duke of Cambridge, where he was shown a pre-recorded message from William, in which he praised the veteran’s achievement as ‘incredible’ and ‘amazing’.

In the video, the Duke said: ‘What I love also is that he’s a 99-year-old war vet, he’s been around a long time, knows everything and it’s wonderful that everyone has been inspired by his story and his determination.

‘I think he’s a one-man fundraising machine.

‘God knows what the final total will be but good on him, I hope he keeps going.’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he is looking at ways to recognise his ‘heroic efforts’.

Originally from Keighley in West Yorkshire, Captain Moore trained as a civil engineer before enlisting in the Army for the Second World War, rising to captain and serving in India and Burma.

Yesterday it emerged the hero could get a Spitfire flypast for his 100th birthday in 12 days time.

A team of aircraft restorers from the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar hope to fly the plane past his home as a ‘small gesture’ to celebrate his achievements.

‘It will be a bit of a moral booster for us all really, to see a Spitfire in the sky,’ Alex Monk 21, from the Hangar, told The Telegraph. ‘It’s been a symbol of freedom in the past and quite an icon for Tom.’

The plan is for the Spirit of Kent, which was built in 1945 and flew in the memorial flight for the Battle of Britain, to fly at 500 feet and 250mph over the former tank commander’s home in the Bedfordshire village of Marston Moretaine. They are waiting for permission from the Department for Transport.

Britons up and down the country have been joining the Second World War hero for his morning walk.

Fans of Captain Moore have started uploading videos of themselves on social media under the hashtag #walkwithtom.

Dozens have been sharing their walks in the morning and showing their appreciation of the veterans heroic efforts.

Spitfire Spirit of Kent (pictured at Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, Surrey) may be flown over the World War Two hero's home in Bedfordshire to celebrate his achievement

Spitfire Spirit of Kent (pictured at Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, Surrey) may be flown over the World War Two hero's home in Bedfordshire to celebrate his achievement

Spitfire Spirit of Kent (pictured at Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, Surrey) may be flown over the World War Two hero’s home in Bedfordshire to celebrate his achievement

Some shared messages of support for the war hero including one youngster, called Harry, who wore his own military costumer to complete a lap of his garden yesterday.

He told Capt Moore: ‘My mummy is a nurse. I just wanted to say thank you for helping the NHS and for doing a great job. I hope you have a happy birthday.’

Others shared videos of themselves walking through local countryside as they cheered Captain Moore on and praised him for continuing with his challenge despite smashing his initial £1,000 target.

Cpt Moore has been praised by the Duke of Cambridge and a long list of celebrities, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson is looking at ways to recognise his ‘heroic efforts’.

More than 800,000 have signed online petitions calling for ‘Sir Tom’ to be knighted.

Captain Moore, who turns 100 on April 30, only planned to raise £1,000 when he started out on his fundraising journey.

Yesterday footage emerged of Captain Moore watching a video in which the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge praised him for his remarkable achievement. 

Overjoyed by the message, Captain Moore, whose appeal has also received an undisclosed donation from William and Kate, said it was ‘absolutely amazing’ to hear his ‘super prince’ say such kind words about his fundraising efforts.

Prince William said of Captain Moore’s efforts in an interview with BBC Breakfast this morning: ‘It’s incredible. It’s amazing.

‘What I love also is that he’s a 99-year-old war vet, he’s been around a long time, he knows everything and it’s wonderful that everyone has been inspired by his story and his determination. 

‘I think he’s a one man fundraising machine and God knows what the final total will be but good on him. I hope he keeps going’.

To which Captain Moore responds, after watching the interview: ‘Well that I think is absolutely amazing. That my super prince can say something like that.’

Prince William and Kate were speaking to the BBC about how they have dealt with the coronavirus pandemic.

The couple revealed they home schooled their children through the Easter holidays and spoke about fears for Prince Charles over his coronavirus diagnosis.

Kate also said the family had been through ‘ups and downs’ during the lockdown ‘like lots of families’ since it was imposed on March 23, but they had stayed in touch with other family members using online video calls. 

Boris Johnson‘s official spokesman hinted at a possible knighthood for Captain Moore and said: ‘Tom has demonstrated a lifetime of bravery and compassion. The PM will certainly be looking at ways to recognise Tom and his efforts’.

The veteran said: I’d be amazed to have such an honour and meet our absolutely marvellous Queen. It’s unbelievable that it could happen.’ 

He added: ‘I’m a huge fan of everything Her Majesty has done for this country. I don’t think I’m a global phenomenon at all — just a grandad doing some laps of his garden,’ according to The Sun

Ladbrokes has now suspended betting on Captain Moore being knighted this year.

By yesterday morning, more than 890,000 supporters had donations to Captain Moore’s appeal.

Speaking on BBC Radio 2’s Zoe Ball Breakfast Show on Friday, He said: ‘It really is absolutely enormous isn’t it. That sum of money is very difficult to imagine but it’s coming in so well.’

His daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore said: ‘Tom is clear that as long as people believe that he’s worth investing in, he will keep walking because this is for such a phenomenal cause.

‘We know that this story will have a life to it, so as long as people are donating we’ll keep supporting my father to do it and he will keep walking.’

Speaking about the message from Prince William, he told Radio 2: ‘Never ever in my life did I anticipate being in touch with such important and super people who’ve been making kind remarks like this.

‘It really is out of this world.’

Addressing the public, he added: ‘I say thank-you very much indeed because the object that we’re contributing is so important and so necessary, and I appreciate and think you’re all so kind and thoughtful in contributing to this cause.’ 

Before he started the final leg of his challenge in the morning sunshine on Thursday, he was saluted as he stepped out with his frame by four soldiers from the Yorkshire Regiment who had travelled to support him.

He was given a rousing greeting on the final stretch of his walk that has seen money donated from people in 53 countries. The Second World War veteran bowed his head and smiled as his chest of medals on his suit glinted.

How Captain Tom Moore’s fundraising has gone from zero to £20million in a week 

  • April 9: Captain Tom Moore and his family launch the ‘Captain Tom Moore’s 100th Birthday Walk for the NHS’ fundraising on JustGiving with a £1,000 target
  • April 10, 2pm: Fundraising reaches £1,000 target in 24 hours, and family set new £100,000 target
  • April 11, 7pm: The £100,000 target is reached and a new aim of £250,000 is set
  • April 12, 2.30pm: Fundraiser hits £250,000 after Captain Moore appears on BBC Radio 2 and talks to the singer Michael Ball
  • April 14, 12pm: Captain Moore’s donations hit £1million
  • April 15, 10am: Donations get to £5million
  • April 15, 5pm: Health Secretary Matt Hancock praises him as an ‘inspiration’ as donations get to £8million
  • April 15, 11pm: The fundraiser reaches £10million
  • April 16, 7am: Donations get to £12million
  • April 16, 12pm: The fundraiser hits £13million
  • April 16, 3pm: It gets to £14million three hours later 
  • April 17, 4pm: It gets to £19million raising £5million in just 24 hours
  • April 18: It passes the £20m mark

Speaking after finishing, an emotional Captain Moore told BBC Breakfast: ‘I never ever dreamt I would be involved in such an occasion. We’re doing so well, and knowing that the reason we started off was for the NHS.

He added: ‘I think you’ve all got to remember that we will get through it in the end, it will all be right but it might take time. All the people finding it difficult at the moment, the sun will shine again and the clouds will go away.’

Michael Ball then sang You’ll Never Walk Alone from his home, after telling him: ‘It’s an extraordinary achievement. I’ve been trying to think of a song which encapsulates your achievement and what you have done for us.’ 

Asked about the song, Captain Moore said: ‘First of all, Michael is such a super singer. I think it’s true that people, we will not walk alone, wherever you are there are other people thinking about you thinking that soon everything will be better and we will all be smiling again.’

After sitting down alongside his daughter he watched a compilation of sportsmen and celebrities praising him for his achievement, including cricketer Ben Stokes, former racing driver Damon Hill and TV personality Judge Judy.

The colonel of his former regiment, Brigadier Andrew Jackson, described him as a ‘legend’. Later tears welled up in Captain Moore’s eyes during a BBC Breakfast interview when told he had been an inspiration to millions.

Asked about what he thinks about potentially being knighted, Captain Moore told the programme: ‘It would be marvellous to have such an honour but I don’t expect anything like that. I think it would be absolutely enormous if i was knighted, to be Sir Thomas Moore, I have never heard of anything like that before

And speaking about the Queen, he added: ‘I think the Queen is marvellous and doing such a terrific job because all the time she’s been queen she has been the leader of the country – and I have the highest regard for her. I hope she continues as queen for a very long time.

And on his 100th birthday on April 30, Captain Moore said: ‘Well originally we were going to have a big party here with all my friends and relations and we were all imagining what it would be like.

‘For so long people have said ‘are you going to have a birthday party?’ probably hoping be invited, but I’m afraid that can’t happen now because they all have to stay six metres away from me.

‘But today really is something special with all you here and all the kind people watching and all you presenting money. And that is enough for me – and I hope you’re all well enough to be here when we do have a proper party.

‘But that won’t happen for a while because we are going to be locked in for a bit longer. I do feel for people in a very confined space for week after week, it must be very, very difficult – and I present my congratulations to all of you who are sticking to the rules and staying in your own homes.’

Told that he was now the largest individual fundraiser ever on the JustGiving website, Capt Moore added: ‘That is a nice record to break. Records are there to be broken and I’m very happy that it is this cause that has benefited so much.’ 

The 99-year-old gave the thumbs up and enjoyed a welcome hug from his daughter and grandchildren as he posed for the media following his 100th lap of his garden.

The war veteran had a rest after the exertions of his early morning walk to complete the 100 laps of his garden. ‘Just a little rest,’ he joked.

But within an hour he was back pushing his wheeled Zimmer frame around the paved area of the large garden as he chatted with his grandson Benji, 16, and granddaughter Georgia, 11.

Fundraising for NHS Charities Together

The NHS Charities Together coronavirus appeal to support frontline NHS staff has so far raised over £50m, less than a month after it launched.

NHS Charities Together, an umbrella body for NHS charities, launched an urgent fundraising appeal in March in light of the pandemic. 

It’s goal is to raise £100m. 

How does it compare to other fundraisers?

BBC Children in Need’s 2019 appeal raised an ‘on the night’ total of £47.9m.

The amount represents a £2.7m (5 per cent) fall on 2018, when a record £50.6m was raised on the night. 

Cancer Research UK’s Race for Live event raised £35 million in 2019, £32m in 2018 and over £50 million in 2015. 

MacMillan’s event The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning raised a total of £27.5m in 2019

He had been thrilled to meet soldiers from the modern day version of the regiment he had served in after being conscripted in 1940 when he was 20 years old.

Captain Moore said seeing the soldiers give him a guard of honour had given him a boost as he walked the final lap.

‘They were great lads and so nice that they could be here,’ he said. ‘I was with the Duke of Wellington’s regiment that was formed into the Yorkshire Regiment where they are from. It was lovely to see them here.’

His grandson Benji said the war veteran was an inspiration to people his age, adding: ‘I’ve always known what a strong character he was and if anyone was going to do this it was our granddad.

‘He’s a proud Yorkshireman and what he has achieved is just incredible and makes me so proud. I know he will want to keep walking so long as people are still giving money. He will not want to give up as he is giving so much hope to many others in these hard times.’

Claire Baxter, who works for his local surgery and spotted his skin cancer, said she was ‘teary’ about his achievements, adding: ‘We’re very proud of him, we adore him and we are honoured to be able to look after him.

‘He is a true gentleman. I do truly love him. He is every time he comes in. He’s seen me since May twice a week for dressings and he comes in always with a smile on his face – how I am, how my family are. We both enjoy Formula One, so we talk about that. He’s a joy to see. We miss him very much but we’re glad he’s safe and well.’

Speaking about his health, Captain Moore told ITV’s This Morning: ‘My health is fine, I’m fine because of the NHS. When I broke my hip and when I got cancer on my head they treated me so well. They deserve every penny they get.

‘Our own national service is absolutely beyond, it does so well and at the moment all the staff out there putting themselves in mortal danger every day, they go onto duty and they do it cheerfully whatever the outcome is.

‘They will know that at that time they all came and did so well. All the doctors, nurses and backup staff are all doing a marvellous job for the whole nation.

‘The war that we’re dealing with at the moment, with this invisible enemy, the doctors the nurses who are putting themselves in mortal danger are on the frontline and we’re the back up.

‘It’s our job to give them everything they need to do their job properly because they’ve done it with such bravery.’

Ian Lush, chairman of NHS Charities Together, which Captain Moore is supporting, said: ‘It was extraordinary, I feel a particular personal connection because Captain Tom was in Burma in India at the end of the war, and so was my late father who was Major Cecil Lush of the engineers, and they may well have met.’

‘It’s extraordinary to see the amount of money and the outpouring of good will towards the NHS and towards all the NHS charities who will take good care of the money that he’s raising.

Asked what happens to the money, he said: ‘There are about 150 NHS charities which will benefit from this money, we are a membership organisation and now a huge fundraising organisation, I’m the chairman, and I run one of the 150 charities that’s Imperial Health Charity – we support three hospitals.

‘We’re spending money on supporting the staff in the crisis time, we’re supporting wellbeing, we’re doing pods for them to sleep in the hospitals so they don’t have to go home between shifts.

‘We’re doing counselling, we’re doing all sorts of stuff, but we’re also putting money aside so that we have money to see us through over the next 18 months or so to support the staff.

‘We also support patients and families with our welfare grants, so there’s lots of different ways the money will be used. We’re all charities with a lot of experience of using this sort of funds, so we’ll make sure it goes to the right places.’ 

His daughter Hannah Ingram Moore told MailOnline she was ‘astonished’ at the £12million so far raised by her father. ‘It is just incredible and I’m sure it is going to go higher when he finishes the walk’, she said. 

She added that her father had become ‘a beacon of hope for people’ in challenging times and that the donations were ‘beyond words’ as the country battles through a pandemic that has claimed more than 12,000 lives.

Captain Moore is pictured front centre during his days in the Army. He joined the Armed Forces in 1940 when he was aged 20

Captain Moore is pictured front centre during his days in the Army. He joined the Armed Forces in 1940 when he was aged 20

Captain Moore is pictured front centre during his days in the Army. He joined the Armed Forces in 1940 when he was aged 20

Captain Moore married Pamela in 1968 and they had two daughters, Lucy and Hannah. The wedding is pictured in 1968

Captain Moore married Pamela in 1968 and they had two daughters, Lucy and Hannah. The wedding is pictured in 1968

Captain Moore married Pamela in 1968 and they had two daughters, Lucy and Hannah. The wedding is pictured in 1968

Ms Moore also said the local postmaster had already been ‘inundated’ with messages ahead of Captain Moore’s 100th birthday, which is coming up in a fortnight’s time on April 30. 

Major Ian Atkins from the Yorkshire Regiment, which is the equivalent of Captain Moore’s in the modern day, said at his home yesterday: ‘It’s an honour and a privilege for us to be here to support Tom in an outstanding achievement.

‘It’s absolutely fantastic stuff but over £12million is staggering. We see Tom as a member of the regimental family so to be here to support him is a privilege.’

The uniformed soldiers were on hand to cheer on the ‘captain fantastic’ as he steadily completed ten lengths of the garden of his home.

Director-general of the World Health Organisation Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tweeted his praise for Captain Moore, saying: ‘This is such an inspiring story and extraordinary act of solidarity! Thank you so much Capt Tom Moore for such a wonderful idea and lesson of humanity! Together, against #COVID19! #ThanksHealthHeroes’.

Earlier, Captain Moore had said that NHS workers on the frontline ‘deserve everything we can give them’, telling ITV: ‘I’ve always been one for having a future, I always think things will be good. We’ve fought so many battles and we’ve always won and we’re going to win again.’

Such is the fame of Captain Moore, half a dozen police officers were stationed outside the front gate of the home he shares with his daughter and her family.

And Captain Moore told MailOnline rather than put his feet up for a well-deserved rest he plans to continue walking and raise even more money.

He said: ‘I have completed my 100 laps, but I am going to keep walking because I know that I have the incredible British public behind me every step of the way.

‘I am so completely overwhelmed by the support from everyone, and can’t thank you all enough for supporting my mission to raise money for our beloved NHS’. 

Hannah – whom he has lived with for 12 years – said she was bursting with pride at her father who celebrates his 100th birthday later this month.

She said: ‘We knew he could do 100 laps of the garden – no doubt about it, but we never in a million years expected to raise this amount of money.

‘The whole world is talking about Captain Tom Moore, and that makes me incredibly proud as his daughter. I have watched the whole nation fall in love my father, and he deserves all the love, recognition and support for his incredible mission. So thank you from us all.’

The Second World War hero, who joined the army in 1940 when he was 20 years old, had set out to raise £1,000 by slowly walking 100 lengths of his garden before celebrating his 100th birthday.

But inspired by messages of support flooding into his family he dashed off 90 lengths in a little over a week. He completed the final ten laps of the original challenge this morning.

He had wanted to raise the money to thank the NHS staff who had supported him through skin cancer treatment and a broken hip. As word of his fund-raising spread via social media he quickly surpassed the £1,000 total. 

Ellie Orton, chief executive of the charity on the receiving end of Captain Moore’s fundraising, said: ‘I think I absolutely join the rest of the country in being truly inspired and profoundly humbled by Captain Tom and what he has achieved. Thank you for being an inspiration and a role model.’

Captain Tom began the final laps at 7.45am on Thursday, watched by film crews from BBC and ITV.

Before he started, he paid tribute to the NHS and said: ‘I feel fine, being in the Army I’m used to getting up early.’

The former Army officer has admitted to being stunned by the response to his fundraising efforts saying the support has been ‘absolutely fabulous’.

In a rallying call to the nation he added: ‘Let’s all carry on and remember that things will get better. We have had problems before – we have overcome them – and we shall all overcome the same thing again.’

You can donate to Tom’s magnificent charity campaign by going to justgiving.com/fundraising/tomswalkforthenhs   

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