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Coronavirus Update : UK death toll increases by 25 in past 24 hours

The UK’s coronavirus death toll has increased by 25, taking the total to 43,575.

This figure released by the Department of Health and Social Care includes deaths in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Sunday.

The Government figures do not include all deaths involving Covid-19 across the UK, which are thought to have passed 54,000.

Earlier today it was confirmed that the UK’s coronavirus hospital death toll increased to 33,212 after 23 more fatalities were reported in the last 24 hours.

England reported 19 new deaths, Wales had three, Northern Ireland recorded one and Scotland reported no new deaths for the fourth consecutive day.

The number of deaths announced on Mondays is usually lower due to a lag in reporting fatalities over the weekend.

The latest increase is the second lowest total announced on a Monday in lockdown after 21 fatalities were reported on June 22.

In the weeks before that, 32 deaths were announced on June 15, 62 on June 8, 115 on June 1 and 77 on May 25. The highest increase on a Monday was 697 on April 13 when the UK was in the peak of its outbreak.

Another 815 people tested positive for coronavirus across the UK, taking the total to 311,965.

The latest figures confirm another 93,881 tests were carried out, with a total of 9,290,215 tests done in total.

A further 19 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 28,672, NHS England said.

Patients were aged between 60 and 96 years old. All had known underlying health conditions.

Public Health Wales said a further three people had died after testing positive for Covid-19, taking the total number of deaths to 1,507, while the total number of cases increased by 116 to 15,717.

Northern Ireland reported one additional death, taking its total to 551.

There have been no deaths registered of people who tested positive for Covid-19 in Scotland for a fourth consecutive day, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced.

Speaking at the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing, she said the latest figures showed no new deaths within the previous 24 hours.

The total number of people who have died under the measurement remains at 2,482.

The figures come as Leicester faces another two weeks in lockdown in a bid to control an outbreak of coronvirus, it has been suggested.

Officials have suggested keeping current lockdown restrictions – due to be lifted across the country on July 4 to allow pubs, hotels and places of worship to open – in place for another fortnight, according to the city’s Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, the Labour mayor said: “What they’re suggesting is not a return to lockdown, it seems that what they’re suggesting is that we continue the present level of restriction for a further two weeks beyond July 4.”

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