LONDON, June 3 : The UK’s coronavirus death toll has increased by 359.
The total number of fatalities in care homes, hospitals and the wider community now stands at 39,728.
Today’s jump is higher than yesterday’s when the number of Covid-19 deaths in the country went up by 324.
Some 171,829 tests have been carried out over the past day, with 1,871 coming back positive.
This brings the total number of tests carried out to 4,786, 219, with 279,856 positive results.
A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: “As of 9am 3 June, there have been 4,786,219 tests, with 171,829 tests on 2 June.279,856 people have tested positive.
“As of 5pm on 2 June, of those tested positive for coronavirus, across all settings, 39,728 have sadly died.”
It comes after the UK recorded its biggest hospital deaths increase in almost two weeks with 215 further fatalities, sparking fears of a second coronavirus spike.
England reported 179 new deaths, including a 12-year-old child, while Wales had 17, Scotland had 11 and Northern Ireland had eight.
The latest victims in England were aged between 12 and 97, with the Midlands recording 39 deaths – more than any other region.
The north-west saw 36 deaths, the south-east had 31, London had 30, the north-east and Yorkshire had 18, the east had 17 and the south-west had eight.
Of the 179 new deaths announced today, 20 occurred on June 2, 47 occurred on June 1 and 18 occurred on May 31.