Another 256 people have now died in UK with coronavirus

Another 256 people have died in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus.

NHS England confirmed the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England is now 24,345.

Of the 186 new deaths announced today:

– 45 occurred on May 14

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– 66 occurred on May 13

– 32 occurred on May 12

The figures also show 39 of the new deaths took place between May 1 and May 11, and four took place in April.

PORTSMOUTH, ENGLAND – MAY 06: Paramedic James Hansford (R) treats a patient who has previously tested positive for the COVID-19 virus for a separate issue, after responding to a 999 call, on May 06, 2020 in Portsmouth, England. As the list of recognised Covid-19 symptoms grows, paramedic crews like those with the South Central Ambulance Service are forced to treat every patient as being a potential case, often requiring specialised personal protective equipment (PPE). Paramedics now routinely don what the NHS refers to as Level 2 PPE, like face masks and disposable aprons. Cases with patients potentially needing airway procedures require Level 3 PPE, such as full-face visors and long-sleeved surgical gowns. While the infection rate is falling, and government officials are discussing ways to relax the country's quarantine measures, Covid-19 still creates everyday risks for paramedics and other first responders. (Photo by Leon Neal – Pool/Getty Images)

Public Health Wales said a further nine people have died after testing positive for coronavirus, taking the total in the country to 1,173.

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Another 126 people have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of positive cases in Wales to 11,834.

This afternoon Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that 46 Covid-19 patients had died, bringing the country's death toll to 2,053.

There have been 15 further deaths in Northern Ireland.

No UK-wide figures from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have been released, so the total is taken from each nation's individual statements.

NHS England releases updated figures each day showing the dates of every coronavirus-related death in hospitals in England, often including previously uncounted deaths that took place several days or even weeks ago.

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This is because of the time it takes for deaths to be confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19, for post-mortem examinations to be processed and for data from the tests to be validated.

The figures published today by NHS England show April 8 continues to have the highest number for the most hospital deaths occurring on a single day, with a current total of 889.

Yesterday (May 15), figures showed 33,614 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK.

This was up by 428 from 33,186 from the previous day and is also said to be widely short of the actual total number of UK deaths with coronavirus.

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