UK coronavirus death toll in hospitals rises by 25

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The number of people who have died after testing positive for coronavirus in UK hospitals has jumped by 25.

NHS England announced the additional 25 deaths on Saturday.

Meanwhile, statistics released today in Scotland show no new Covid-19 deaths have been recorded for the ninth day in a row, and Wales reported no new fatalities for the third day in a row.

Typically Northern Ireland doesn’t announce new figures at the weekend.

The Department of Health will release the official figures including care home and community deaths later today.

The figures were released as indoor gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres are allowed to reopen in the latest easing of lockdown in England.

Additionally, today global coronavirus cases have seen their biggest single-day increase to date, with a rise of more than 284,000 in just 24 hours.

The official UK coronavirus death toll has passed the grim milestone of 30,000 (PA)

In England, today is the highest single-day increase since 28 deaths were recorded on July 14; last week’s hospital death toll on Saturday was 13 and now the UK’s total hospital death toll is at 33,869.

Currently the official toll is 45,677 – the third-highest in the world.

Scotland has recorded 27 new confirmed cases of coronavirus in a day, according to the latest Scottish Government figures.

A total of 18,547 people have now tested positive for the virus north of the border.

The latest figures continue to show a suppression of the virus, which will need to be maintained if the Scottish Government is to give the go-ahead for schools to return on August 11.

Both First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Education Secretary John Swinney have said that the return of pupils to classrooms will only happen if the virus continues to stay at low levels.

A final decision on schooling is set to take place at the end of next week.