UK Records 621 More Coronavirus Deaths In 24 Hours As Latest Care Home Data Released

The latest figures were announced by the government on Saturday.

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The number of people who have died in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus has risen to 28,131 – an increase of 621 over 24 hours.

It is the fourth day 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 Friday.

It comes after the number of people who have died in hospitals after contracting the virus rose by 425 across England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 24 hours.

The increase consists of 370 in England, 11 in Northern Ireland and 44 in Wales. Figures for Scotland have not yet been released.

Meanwhile, there were 105,937 tests carried out on Friday after the government insisted it had reached its target of 100,000 tests a day by the end of April.

On Saturday, NHS England also released further details about the 20,853 people who have died in hospital so far after testing positive for Covid-19.

According to the data, 10,901 (52%) have been people aged 80 and over while 8,119 (39%) were 60-79.

A further 1,672 (8%) were aged 40-59, with 150 (1%) aged 20-39 and 11 (0.05%) aged 0-19, NHS England said.

It also revealed that University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust had announced the highest number of coronavirus deaths, with 767 recorded so far.

London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust has announced 512 deaths.

Two trusts have announced between 400 and 500 deaths: the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (446) and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (428).

A further seven trusts have announced between 300 and 400 deaths.

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