UK coronavirus death toll passes 33,000 with another 494 fatalities recorded

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The coronavirus death toll in the UK has passed 33,000 after another 494 fatalities were recorded.

The Department of Health said a total of 33,186 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Tuesday.

This is up by 494 from 32,692 the day before.

Another 3,242 people have tested positive for Covid-19, figures show.

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Separately, NHS England announced 244 new deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 23,952.

Of the new deaths announced today, 40 occurred on May 12, 72 on May 11, and 27 on May 10.

The figures show 62 of the new deaths took place between May 1 and May 9, 42 took place in April, while the remaining one death occurred on March 27.

In Scotland, a total of 1,973 patients have died after testing positive for coronavirus, up by 61 from 1,912 on Tuesday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.

She said 13,929 people in Scotland have now tested positive, a rise of 166 from 13,763 the day before.

In Wales, a further 22 people have died, taking the total in the country to 1,154.

Another 133 people have tested positive, bringing the total number of positive cases in Wales to 11,706.

In Northern Ireland, there have been a further two deaths of patients, the Department of Health said.

It brings total related fatalities in the region to 449.

The figures published by NHS England show April 8 continues to have the highest number for the most hospital deaths occurring on a single day, with a current total of 888.

NHS England releases updated figures each day showing the dates of every coronavirus-related death in hospitals in England, often including previously uncounted deaths that took place several days or even weeks ago.

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The individual statistics from each country and calculated differently to the UK-wide figures.

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