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UK coronavirus death toll rises by 545 as official total passes 35,000

The total number of deaths across the UK since the coronavirus  pandemic began has now topped 35,000.

They have increased by 545 across hospitals and care homes – the largest increase in a week, however the death toll continues to trend downward overall.

The latest death toll includes a seven-year-old in England, officials say.

NHS England announced the tragic news earlier today.

Six of those who died in England in hospitals had no known underlying health condition. Those victims were aged between 45 and 90, the NHS said.

Environment Secretary George Eustice announced the total UK-wide death toll figures across all settings as he presented today’s daily Downing Street coronavirus news conference this evening.

He said 35,341 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Monday, up by 545 from 34,796 the day before.

In the 24-hour period up to 9am on Tuesday, 89,784 tests were carried out or dispatched, with a total of 2,412 positive results.

Overall a total of 2,772,552 tests have been carried out, and 248,818 cases have been confirmed positive.

The latest daily death toll rise figure has lifted compared to last week’s total of 425 on Tuesday, May 12.

The daily toll was 453 on May 5, 653 on April 28, 873 on April 21 and 744 on April 14.

The death toll has typically lifted after the weekend throughout the pandemic.

But the country’s true coronavirus death toll is much higher.

It is now estimated at more than 44,000 as new data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed the number of fatalities is 10,000 higher than the Government’s count.

Data from the ONS revealed that by May 8, the number of Covid-19 deaths in England and Wales was 39,006 – compared to the figure of 29,349 previously declared by the Department for Health.

It brings the current true death toll to more than 44,000 when Scotland and Northern Ireland’s deaths are accounted for, and those confirmed by NHS England on dates after May 8.

The Government yesterday expanded its eligibility for Covid-19 testing to anyone over the age of five with symptoms.

Boris Johnson’s government is preparing to ease lockdown restrictions to level three of its new Covid Alert System.

The lockdown has been relaxed for England only, as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland shunned Mr Johnson’s shift from a ‘stay home’ to a ‘stay alert’ campaign.

People in England are now allowed to exercise however many times they wish a day, meet with one person at a time from another household in parks as long as they stay two metres apart, sunbathe, and drive wherever they like.

People who cannot continue to work from home have been encouraged to return to workplaces, leading to concerns about social distancing guidelines and safety on public transport.

However Wales and Scotland have made it clear that people should not drive across borders from England, as leaders declined to follow England’s lockdown rule-changes.

Families are also bracing to send children back to school from June 1, although some councils including Liverpool have defied the government’s orders, declaring it is not yet safe for pupils and teachers to return.