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UK coronavirus hospital death toll rises by 32 in second lowest increase since lockdown

The UK’s hospital death toll has risen by 32 in the second lowest increase since the lockdown began.

That brings the nationwide death toll to at least 41,730 with the full figures to be released late today.

The figures record the coronavirus death toll reported by hospitals only, with more from care homes and the community to be released later today.

England reported 28 new deaths, and Wales recorded four more deaths.

There were no new deaths reported in Northern Ireland or Scotland.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stressed the figures were always lower after weekends.

On Sunday, 36 more fatalities were reported in 24 hours – the lowest daily rise during the lockdown.

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The numbers included the UK’s hospital death of 31, also the lowest single-day increase during the lockdown. 

The total death toll across all settings reached 41,698 yesterday.

Weekend and Monday Covid-19 death toll figures are to be treated with caution.

Many deaths on Saturdays and Sundays are not counted until Tuesday at the earliest due to a weekend reporting lag.

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The Government’s official figures do not include all deaths involving Covid-19 across the UK. 

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the full death toll for the UK is thought to have passed 52,000.

The latest figures came as shops around the UK reopened today in the latest easing of lockdown rules. 

Non-essential stores have been able to reopen from today, providing they can meet the government’s social distancing and hygiene standards for staff and shoppers.