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Coronavirus Updates: UK death toll increases by 176 to 39,904

Another 176 people have died in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus.

The total number of people who have died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community with the virus as risen to 39,904.

In the 24-hour period up to 9am on Thursday, 220,057 tests were carried out or dispatched with 1,805 positive results.

A total of 5,005,565 tests have now been carried out with 281,661 cases confirmed positive.

Earlier NHS England announced 115 new deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 27,159.

Of the 115 new deaths announced on Thursday 24 occurred on June 3, 49 occurred on June 2 and nine occurred on June 1. The figures also show 25 of the new deaths took place in May, seven occurred in April, and the remaining one death took place on March 20.

It has also been confirmed that figures on NHS England’s test and trace system will be published weekly – but Downing Street was unable to say when that would start.

In Scotland, a total of 2,395 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus, up by nine from 2,386 on Wednesday, Nicola Sturgeon said.

Public Health Wales said a further eight people have died after testing positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of deaths in Wales to 1,379.

In Northern Ireland, one more person with coronavirus has died in taking the total recorded by the Department of Health – a toll primarily accounting for hospital deaths – to 535.

The Department of Health’s death toll includes people who died in hospitals as well as in the wider community – but it does not include suspected cases of Covid-19, only confirmed ones.