Coronavirus UK Update: deaths rise by 55, the lowest increase since lockdown began

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Coronavirus UK Update: deaths rise by 55, the lowest increase since lockdown began
Coronavirus UK Update: deaths rise by 55, the lowest increase since lockdown began

Only 55 coronavirus deaths were recorded in the UK over 24 hours, according to new government figures, marking the lowest daily reported death toll since lockdown measures were introduced.

The figures come as Scotland has reported no new coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours for the second day in a row, Nicola Sturgeon said.

The Department of Health (DoH) confirmed the total number of fatalities in hospitals, care homes and the wider community has risen to 40,597.

The rise is the lowest daily total of newly reported deaths since March 22, but there is often a lag in the reporting of deaths over a weekend.

The DoH also said that as of 9am on Monday there had been 5,731,576 tests overall, including 138,183 tests on Sunday, of which 1,205 were positive.

The department said a total of 287,399 people had tested positive.

The figure for the number of people tested has been “temporarily paused to ensure consistent reporting” across all methods of testing.

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