UK coronavirus death toll jumps by 114 as total fatalities reach 34,580

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The number of people who have died with coronavirus in the UK has risen by 170, with the total number of virus-related deaths topping 34,600, according to the Department of Health.

It brings the total number of Covid-19 fatalities in care homes, the community and hospitals to 34,636 as of 5pm on Saturday.

In the 24-hour period up to 9am on Sunday, 91,206 tests were carried out, with 3,142 testing positive.

A total of 243,303 people have tested positive for the virus in the UK from a total of 2,580,769 tests.

Northern Irish case figures were not included for technical reasons.

The official UK coronavirus death toll has risen to 34,636 (PA)

The Government figures differ from hospital figures released earlier in the day by individual devolved authorities.

NHS England said that a further 90 people had died in hospitals after contracting the virus, bringing the total in England to 24,617.

Of the deaths announced in England today, 33 took place on Saturday, 46 on Friday and the remaining 11 happened earlier this week.

The number of people who have died with coronavirus in Scotland rose by nine, according to statistics from the Scottish Government. Fatalities in Scotland reached 2,103.

Confirmed coronavirus cases in Scotland went up by 90 to 14,537.

The number of people who have died after contracting coronavirus in Northern Ireland rose to 476 after the Department of Health reported three more deaths.

In Wales a further 12 people have died after catching coronavirus. The number of coronavirus-linked deaths in the country rose to 1,203. Confirmed cases of the virus reached 12,304 after a further 162 people tested positive.

Dr Robin Howe, from Public Health Wales, said: “Public Health Wales welcomes the announcement yesterday by the health minister of the extension of coronavirus testing to all care home residents and staff.

“In conjunction with the Welsh Government’s test, trace, protect strategy published last week, Public Health Wales will continue to work in partnership with our communities, the Welsh Government, the wider NHS and local government in Wales to focus on protecting the health of the people of Wales as we support the implementation of the strategy.”

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