Covid: UK records highest daily death toll since mid-March

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A total of 138 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 - the highest daily figure reported by the government since March 17.

The increase, published on Tuesday, brings the UK's total death toll to 129,881.Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have now been 155,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate. As of Tuesday, there had also been a further 21,691 confirmed Covid-19 cases in the UK, the government said.


123 of the new Covid-related deaths reported in the UK were in England, bringing the nation's death toll to 114,108. Meanwhile, 19,012 new infections were reported in the last 24 hours. The total number of confirmed cases in the country is now 5,173,082.

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There have been a further 581 cases of coronavirus in Wales, which takes the total number of confirmed cases to 243,249.

Public Health Wales reported no further deaths, meaning the total in the country since the start of the pandemic remains at 5,616.

However, separate figures released on Tuesday showed weekly deaths from Covid in Wales and England jumped by 50% in a single week.


Nine new Covid deaths were reported in Scotland, which has an overall death toll of 7,952. The total number of cases in the nation rose by 1,016 on Tuesday to 348,018.Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, nine further deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, which means the death toll remains at 2,205. Cases in the nation increased by 1,082 and the total number of positive tests since the start of the pandemic is now 159,471.