Covid: More than 39,000 coronavirus cases reported in a day and 72 more deaths

Shoppers wearing face masks on Oxford Street, in central London. Credit: PA

A further 72 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, the government has said.

The Department of Health's latest figures, as of 9am on Sunday, bring the UK's overall death toll since the start of the outbreak to 139,533.

Another 39,962 lab-confirmed Covid cases were also recorded in the UK, the government said.

Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show there have been more than 164,000 deaths registered in the UK where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate.

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A further 34 fatalities were reported in England, bringing the death toll to 121,734. Another 33,221 positive Covid cases were recorded.


12 deaths were reported in Wales, which means the number of fatalities since the start of the pandemic stands at 6,086. Authorities reported 3,152 more Covid cases.


In Scotland, 21 more deaths were reported, bringing the death toll to 9,052, while another 2,528 cases were recorded.

Northern Ireland

Another 5 people died in Northern Ireland, increasing the tally of fatalities to 2,661, while a further 1,061 positive cases were returned.