Coronavirus UK Death Toll Rises By 621 To 4,934

Almost 48,000 people have now tested positive for the virus in the UK.
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A further 621 people in the UK have died after testing positive for coronavirus, bringing the total to 4,934.

The current figure is correct as of 5pm on Saturday, April 4, and covers the 24-hour period prior to this time.

As of 9am on Sunday, April 5, 195,524 people have been tested for the virus, with 47,806 people testing positive for Covid-19.

The total number of confirmed deaths of people who tested positive for coronavirus in hospitals in England has risen to 4,494, NHS England said, up by 555 on the previous day’s update.

The patients were aged between 33 years and 103 years old, with 29 of the 555, aged between 35 and 95 years old, having no known underlying health condition.

Seven more people died in Northern Ireland, and 12 in Wales.

First minister Nicola Sturgeon said two more people had died in Scotland, bringing the total to 220, but warned the number should not be taken as being “truly representative” of the number of deaths, as the way Covid-19 deaths are being notified is changing.

She said the figure is “likely to be artificially low”.

Today’s figures from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) show the number of new people tested daily in the UK for coronavirus is back above 10,000.

A total of 12,334 new people were reported as being tested in the 24 hours to 9am April 5.

The equivalent figure for yesterday had slipped below 10,000, having previously been above 10,000 for two days in a row.

The total number of people in the UK tested since the outbreak began – 195,524 – is the equivalent of around 293 people in every 100,000, or 0.3% of the population.