THE UK coronavirus death toll has risen to 37,460 after 412 more fatalities were recorded in the last 24 hours.
The Department for Health said 37,460 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus as of 5pm on Tuesday, up from 37,048 the day before.
The official toll of 412 was nearly double the number of hospital deaths announced on Wednesday. Individual NHS boards across the UK had announced 209 deaths in hospitals.
In the 24-hour period up to 9am on Wednesday, 117,013 tests were carried out or dispatched with 2,013 positive results.
The figure for the number of people tested in the same period was unavailable for the fifth day in a row because of “technical difficulties”.
Overall a total of 3,798,490 tests have been carried out and 267,240 cases have been confirmed positive.
Earlier today, NHS England announced 183 new deaths of hospital patients who tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 26,049.
Of the 183 new deaths announced on Wednesday, 24 occurred on May 26, 64 on May 25, and 28 on May 24.
The figures also show 55 of the new deaths took place between May 15 and May 23, nine took place in April and the remaining three occurred in March with the earliest on March 21.
In Wales, a further 11 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of deaths to 1,293, Public Health Wales said.
Another 97 people have also tested positive, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 13,653.
In Scotland, a total of 2,304 patients have died, up by 13 from 2,291 on Tuesday, Nicola Sturgeon said.
Speaking at First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood, she announced 15,240 people have tested positive for the virus in Scotland, up by 55 from 15,185 previous day.
The number of people who have died after in Northern Ireland has risen to 516 after two more deaths were reported by the Department of Health.