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27/05/2020 14:02 BST | Updated 27/05/2020 16:24 BST

UK Records 412 More Coronavirus Deaths In 24 Hours, Bringing Total To 37,460

The latest figures were released on Wednesday.

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Medical staff earlier this month in the respiratory emergency department at Craigavon Area Hospital in Co Armagh, Northern Ireland

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The number of people who have died in the UK after testing positive forcoronavirus has risen to 37,460 – an increase of 412 over 24 hours.

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 Wednesday.

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 209 in 24 hours.

That increase consisted of 183 in England, 13 in Scotland, 11 in Wales and two in Northern Ireland.

Here’s how to make sense of the figures that are released each day.

It comes on the back of the two lowest daily figures – relating to Sunday and Monday – that had been recorded since March 23, well before the peak. Tuesday also marked the first day since the same date that Northern Ireland had recorded zero deaths.

Meanwhile, as of 9am on Wednesday, 267,240 people had tested positive for coronavirus, 2,013 of them in the preceding 24 hours.

The government has been unable to say how many people were tested, but 117,013 tests were carried out. The government has pledged to hit capacity for 200,000 a day by the end of the week.