UK Coronavirus Deaths Top 40,000 As 357 More Fatalities Confirmed

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The number of people who have died across the UK after contracting coronavirus has risen by 357 in 24 hours – taking the official tally over 40,000 for the first time.

The official death toll from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) now stands at 40,261.

Since the end of April, the government’s daily announcement has included people in care homes and the community, rather than just in hospital, who have died.

But only those who had tested positive for Covid-19 are included, meaning anyone who died with a suspected case won’t be recorded.

The figures cover the period up to 5pm on Thursday.

It comes after the number of people who have died in hospitals across the UK, as well as care homes in Wales, after contracting the virus rose by 142 in 24 hours.

That increase consisted of 123 in England, 14 in Scotland, four in Wales and one in Northern Ireland.

NHS England said patients who died were aged between 38 and 105 years old. One of the 123 patients, aged 86, had no known underlying health conditions.

Here’s a quick primer on what all the different numbers mean and how to understand them.

Meanwhile, as of 9am on Friday, 5,214,277 tests carried out have been tested for coronavirus, with 283,311 coming back positive.

The number people tested is “unavailable” according to the DHSC, but it is significantly lower than the 5.2m tests as many people are tested more than once.

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