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UK coronavirus death toll rises by 155 to 43,730

A further 155 people have died of the coroanvirus in the UK, bringing the total to 43,730.

That is 16 less than the 171 people who were recorded to have died from Covid-19 in the 24 hours before last Tuesday, according to Department of Health data.

It is also the lowest Tuesday death toll since May 26, when 134 people died.

In the past day 133,467 tests were carried out, 689 of which came back positive.

Since the pandemic began 312,654 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the UK.

Today’s death figure is significantly higher than the UK coronavirus death toll in hospital settings alone.

It was announced earlier this afternoon that 43 more people have died in clinical settings having contracted Covid-19.

Across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland 33,255 people have lost their lives to the disease in hospitals.

That figure is ten down from last Tuesday’s total and 50 deaths lower than the one before that.

While the death toll continues on its slow decline, case numbers are rising sharply in some parts of the country.

Today Leicester became the first place in the UK to enter into a second period of lockdown.

The city’s people will not be able to enjoy access to bars, restaurants and pubs along with people elsewhere in Britain from July 4.

Residents have been told to stay at home, with schools and shops to shut this week with the city being one of the country’s Covid-19 epicentres.

Speaking to BBC Breakfast earlier on Tuesday, Mr Hancock said there was an “unusually high” incidence of coronavirus in children in Leicester.

He added: “We have sent in a lot of extra testing into Leicester over the last 10 days or so and one of the things we have found is that there are under-18s who have tested positive and therefore, because children can transmit the disease – even though they are highly unlikely to get ill from the disease – we think the safest thing to do is close the schools.

“The reason I said what I did last night about Leicester is that it is an unusually high incidence in children in Leicester.”

Other towns and cities may find themselves in the unenviable position of entering a second lockdown if their cases continue to rise.

Public health officials are keeping an eye on Doncaster and other areas that have seen a significant increase in cases in recent weeks.

Derbyshire, Hammersmith and Fulham, Medway and Ealing are also areas of concern.

It is hoped that by locking down parts of the country with high numbers of coronavirus cases that a broader outbreak can be avoided or delayed.