UK coronavirus death toll rises by 324 as total hits 39,369

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  • June 2, 2020
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The number of people who have died in the UK after contracting coronavirus has risen by 324 in the last 24 hours.

The Department of Health said 39,369 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Monday, up by 324 from 39,045 the day before.

In the 24-hour period up to 9am on Tuesday, 135,643 tests were carried out or dispatched with 1,613 positive results.

Overall, a total of 4,615,146 tests have been carried out and 277,985 cases have been confirmed positive.

It comes after NHS England announced 143 new hospital deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 26,865 on Tuesday.

Of the new deaths announced on Tuesday, 19 occurred on June 1, 34 on May 31, and 20 on May 30.

The figures show 58 of the new deaths took place between May 5 and May 29, eight occurred in April, and the remaining four deaths took place in March, with the earliest on March 22.

In Scotland, a total of 2,375 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus, up by 12 on Monday, Nicola Sturgeon said.

Speaking at the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing, the First Minister said 15,471 people have tested positive for the virus in Scotland, up by 53 from 15,418 the day before.

This includes 40 earlier positive test results which were received today. There are 1,168 people in hospital with confirmed or suspected Covid-19, an increase of 122.

Of these, 34 were in intensive care, an increase of seven on the previous day.

Public Health Wales said a further seven people have died after testing positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of deaths in Wales to 1,354.

Another 67 people have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 14,121.

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Northern Ireland’s Department of Health said two more people had died, bringing the total toll to 526.

Four more positive tests brought the total diagnosed to 4,732.

The figures published by NHS England show April 8 continues to have the highest number of hospital deaths on a single day, with a current total of 895.