The UK coronavirus death toll has increased by 85, the latest official figures released today show.
This brings the death toll across all settings to 44,602, the Department of Health said today. This includes hospitals, care homes and the community.
This follows yesterday’s figure of 126, which was the lowest Wednesday since lockdown began.
There have been 642 new cases of coronavirus recorded in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases across the UK to date to 287,621. This is a slight increase from the 630 reported yesterday.
And it marks another day in which the daily death toll has been below triple figures.
On Monday it was 16 – the second lowest daily toll since lockdown began – Sunday reported 22, and on Saturday it was 67.
Last Thursday saw 89 reported deaths and the Thursday before that was 149, suggesting a steady pattern of decline in deaths and new cases.
By contrast, Thursday, April 9, saw 881 deaths recorded.
Earlier today, the UK’s coronavirus death toll in hospital settings only, increased by 24 in 24 hours.
This was also the lowest Thursday rise in deaths in hospital settings since lockdown began.
England recorded 22 new hospital deaths, Wales recorded two overall, and there were no deaths recorded in Scotland or Northern Ireland.
The number of people who have died in UK hospitals with coronavirus now stands at 33,586.
There were no hospital deaths in the past 24 hours in south west England, according to NHS England figures.
The breakdown by region is as follows:
– North West: 7
– London: 2
– Midlands: 4
– North East and Yorkshire: 2
– South East: 4
– East: 3
– South West: 0
The UK’s true death toll is believed to be more than 10,000 higher than reported by the Government, at least 55,398 as of Monday, based on death certificates mentioning Covid-19 as a cause.
Scotland recorded no new deaths with its death toll remaining at 2,490.
Its officials recorded six new cases, bringing the total to 18,315 positive tests.
Northern Ireland officials said after no new deaths today the total number of people who have died remains at 554.
Its Department of Health recorded three more positive cases since Wednesday, bringing the total confirmed cases in the region to 5,768.
Public Health Wales said a further two people had died after testing positive, bringing its toll to 1,540.
Sixteen more people tested positive for Covid-19 in Wales, taking the total number of cases recorded to 15,929.
An average of 14,000 people in private households in England had Covid-19 at any given time between June 22 and July 5, according to new estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
This was the equivalent of around 0.03% of the population, or one in 3,900 individuals.
The figures do not include people staying in hospitals, care homes or other institutional settings.
The estimate is based on swab tests collected from 25,662 participants, of which eight individuals from eight different households tested positive for Covid-19.
The ONS said the latest estimates suggest the percentage of people in private households in England testing positive for Covid-19 has decreased over time since April 27, and “this downward trend appears to have now levelled off”.
When looking at the last three 14-day periods, the ONS said the variation in the percentage of people testing positive – 0.05%, 0.10% and 0.03% – is consistent with the kind of random variation that is based on sampling.
An estimated average of 1,700 people were newly inflected with Covid-19 each day between June 22 and July 5.
Previous estimates were 2,000 people per day between June 8 and 21, and 1,900 between May 25 and June 7.