Britain's coronavirus death toll rises by 148

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Britain's official coronavirus death toll has increased by 148, meaning at least 44,798 people have died with Covid-19 in the UK, as of 5pm on Friday.

The government does not include in its figures all deaths involving Covid-19 across the UK, which are thought to have passed 55,000, according to Office for National Statistics data.

Figures from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) only include deaths in hospitals, care homes and the wider community where people have tested positive for coronavirus.

In the previous 24-hours, deaths increased by just 48.

The DHSC also said that in the 24-hour period up to 9am on Saturday, 153,667 tests were carried out or dispatched, with 820 positive results.

Overall, a total of 288,953 cases have been confirmed in the UK.