Coronavirus: UK death toll rises to 33,870 as another 256 lose lives

A further 256 people have died in the UK after contracting coronavirus, bringing the country’s death toll up to 33,870.

The Department for Health and Social Care is yet to release its official update, but individual figures are in for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Some health authorities in each of the nations have only announced deaths in hospitals and not those in the wider community.

An updated UK figure including these fatalities is expected to be announced later this afternoon. A further 186 hospital patients in England have lost their lives over the past 24 hours, bringing its death toll to 24,345.

Patients were aged between 15 and 99 years old. Out of those, 10 aged 30 to 94 had no known underlying health condition. Their families have been informed.

A breakdown of figures shows there were 29 deaths in the East of England, 20 in London, 50 in the Midlands, 23 in the North East and Yorkshire, 31 in the North West, 26 in the South East and seven in the South West.

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A total of 2,053 people have now died in Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus, up from 2,007 yesterday. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said 14,260 people have tested positive for the virus compared to 14,117 the day before.

There are 71 people in intensive care with coronavirus symptoms in Scotland out of the 1,449 in hospital with confirmed or suspected Covid-19. Since March 5, 3,290 people in the country who have tested positive for coronavirus have been able to leave hospital.

Public Health Wales reported a further nine deaths of confirmed Covid-19 patients in hospitals and care homes, bringing its total to 11,960. Meanwhile Northern Ireland has recorded nine more fatalities bringing its total death toll to 469.

Today’s figures come after the Office for National Statistics confirmed that 12,526 care home residents had succumbed to the disease between March 2 and May 1. This made up 27.3% of the total deaths in retirement villages across the period, which saw 45,899 people die overall.

Meanwhile the National Police Chiefs’ Council revealed 14,244 fines for alleged breaches of coronavirus lockdown laws have been handed out by forces across England and Wales between March 27 and May 11.

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