UK coronavirus death toll rises by 66 to 45,119

Rebecca Speare-Cole, Imogen Braddick
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NHS England has announced 149 new deaths from coronavirus in hospitals: Getty Images
NHS England has announced 149 new deaths from coronavirus in hospitals: Getty Images

The coronavirus death toll in the UK has risen by 66 to a total of to 45,119.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said 45,119 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Wednesday.

This is an increase of 66 from 45,053 the previous day.

The figures do not include all deaths involving Covid-19 across the UK, which are thought to have passed 55,500.

The DHSC also said that in the 24-hour period up to 9am on Thursday, there had been a further 642 lab-confirmed UK cases.

Overall, a total of 292,552 cases have been confirmed.

The official figures differ from the hospital death tolls released individually by devolved authorities.

NHS England recorded 19 deaths in hospitals in the last 24 hours, with six reported in the east of England and five in the north west.

Four deaths were recorded in the north east and Yorkshire, two in the Midlands and two in the south east.

There were zero deaths recorded in hospitals in London and in the south west.

In Scotland, a total of 2,491 patients have died after testing positive for coronavirus, up by one from 2,490 on Wednesday, Nicola Sturgeon said.

The new death is the first to be recorded in eight days in Scotland.

Speaking during the Scottish Government’s daily coronavirus briefing, Ms Sturgeon said 18,384 people have tested positive for the virus in Scotland, up by 11 from 18,373 the previous day.

There are 630 people in hospital with confirmed or suspected Covid-19, an increase of 19 on Wednesday. Of these patients, six were in intensive care - no change on yesterday.

In Wales, there were no new deaths of people who tested positive, with the number remaining at 1,545.

Public Health Wales said the total number of cases increased by 18, bringing the revised total of confirmed cases to 16,871.

Northern Ireland also reported no new deaths, with the death toll remaining at 556. The number of cases rose by 16.

Figures published later by the Department of Health will include UK deaths in all settings, including care homes.

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