UK coronavirus death toll passes 38,000 after rise of 324

Ewan Somerville, April Roach
NHS England has announced 149 new deaths from coronavirus in hospitals: Getty Images

The UK coronavirus death toll has passed 38,000 after a rise of 324.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak confirmed the toll in hospitals, care homes and the wider community had climbed to 38,161 at this afternoon's Downing Street briefing.

Britain has recorded a further 2,095 cases in the past 24 hours taking the total to date to 271,222.

A further 131,458 tests were carried out on Thursday, Mr Sunak said.

NHS England announced a further 149 new deaths of patients who tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 26,383.

The official UK coronavirus death toll has now passed 38,000 (PA)

Public Health Wales said a further 10 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of deaths in Wales to 1,317.

Meanwhile in Northern Ireland, the death toll has risen to 521 after a further three fatalities were reported by the Department of Health.

A total of 2,331 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus, up by 15 from 2,316 on Wednesday, Nicola Sturgeon said.

The NHS England figures show 30 of the new deaths took place between May 3 and May 25, six deaths occurred in April, with the remaining one death taking place on March 19.

Of the 149 new deaths announced on Friday, 36 occurred on May 28, 59 occurred on May 27 and 17 occurred on May 26.

NHS England releases updated figures each day showing the dates of every coronavirus-related death in hospitals in England, often including previously uncounted deaths that took place several days or even weeks ago.

This is because of the time it takes for deaths to be confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19, for post-mortem examinations to be processed and for data from the tests to be validated.

The figures published on Friday by NHS England show April 8 continues to have the highest number for the most hospital deaths on a single day, with a current total of 893.

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