UK's official coronavirus death toll rises by 359 to nearly 40,000

Harriet Brewis

The UK's official death toll among those who have tested positive for coronavirus has risen by 359 to nearly 40,000.

The Department of Health said 39,728 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community since the outbreak began, up from 39,369 the day before.

The figures, released on Wednesday, relate to data collated by the Government as of 5pm on Tuesday. The statistics are collated differently to those posted by individual health bodies in each of the four UK countries.

It comes as new data suggests the number of deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK has now passed 50,000.

On Tuesday, figures from the Office for National Statistics showed that 44,401 deaths involving Covid-19 had occurred in England and Wales up to May 22 , and had been registered up to May 30.

Figures published today by the National Records of Scotland showed that 3,911 virus-related deaths had been registered in Scotland up to May 31.

And the latest data from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, published last week, showed 716 deaths linked to the disease had occurred in Northern Ireland up to May 22 (and had been registered up to May 27).

This means that so far 49,028 deaths have been registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, including suspected cases.

Further deaths can be added to this total, concerning those deaths that have been reported as taking place since the period covered by the latest registration data.

Between May 23 and June 1, a further 931 hospital patients who had tested positive for Covid-19 died in England, according to the latest figures from NHS England; while a further 78 people in hospital and care homes who had tested positive for Covid-19 died in Wales during this same period, according to Public Health Wales.

And in Northern Ireland, a further 22 people who had tested positive for Covid-19 died between May 23 and June 2, according to the Northern Ireland Department of Health.

These add up to a further 1,031 deaths that have occurred since May 23, and together with the total figure of 49,028 registered deaths, means the overall death toll for the UK is now just over 50,000, at 50,059.

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