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Lowest rise in UK coronavirus death toll for two weeks as total jumps by 449

The number of people who have died in hospital in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus has jumped by 449, the lowest increase in two weeks.

The new figures from the Department of Health bring the UK death toll to 16,509 as of 5pm on Sunday.

It marks the lowest rise in the UK hospital death toll since April 6.

It comes after England announced 429 new hospital deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19, bringing its total to 14,829.

Some 386,044 people have now been tested for Covid-19, of which 124,743 people tested positive.

Testing capacity dipped to 36,000 – from 38,000 last week – over the same 24-hour period, but the PM’s official spokesman said this was due to commercial laboratories implementing new processes.

More than 88,000 NHS and social care staff and their relatives have now been tested, according to latest figures.