Another 164 people have died with coronavirus in hospitals across the UK, bringing the overall death toll to 36,838.
The number was updated after England recorded another 147 deaths in hospitals, Wales seven, Scotland nine and Northern Ireland one.
The area which recorded the highest number of hospital deaths was the Midlands, where 49 people died. In London, where hospital admissions are said to be falling at a faster rate than elsewhere, five people died. The South West recorded the lowest number, two, NHS England said, adding that patients were aged between 43 and 98, and five had no known underlying health condition.
The Department of Health will release updated figures of deaths in all settings, including care homes and the wider community, later today.
Yesterday that total was 36,675, though figures from the Office of National Statistics suggest the true figure is closer to 45,000, while analysis from the Financial Times on Friday suggested a ‘conservative estimate’ actually put the number at more than 63,000.
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Of the 147 new deaths announced today for England, 28 occurred on May 23, 40 on May 22, and 12 on May 21. The figures also show 49 of the new deaths took place between May 1 and 20, 16 were in April, and the remaining two occurred in March with the earliest new death on March 13.
The daily hospital figures often include previously uncounted deaths that took place several days or even weeks ago, often because of the time it takes for deaths to be confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19.
Today’s figures from NHS England show April 8 continues to have the highest number for the most hospital deaths on a single day, with a current total of 891.
Meanwhile, a total of 2,270 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus, a rise of nine from 2,261 on Saturday, according to new statistics from the Scottish Government.
The Department of Health also reported a further 25 cases of confirmed Covid-19, in Northern Ireland bringing the total number of positive cases there to 4,570.
It comes as the Government was engulfed in a row over Boris Johnson’s top adviser Dominic Cummings breaking the lockdown to visit his parents’ home.
Mr Cummings has been seen entering Downing Street amid growing calls for him to resign.
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