Healthy man, 23, among 854 new coronavirus deaths

A healthy 23-year-old man is among 854 people to have died in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus in the biggest day-on-day increase for the country yet.

After a number of days of lower deaths totals, NHS England said a further 758 have died – taking the total number of reported Covid-19 deaths in England alone to 5,655.

A statement said: "Patients were aged between 23 and 102 years old and 29 of the 758 patients (aged between 23 and 99 years old) had no known underlying health condition.

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The families of those who have died have been informed.

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Across the UK in total, there were a further 854 more deaths.

This takes the nation's overall grim total of deaths to 6,236.

The Department of Health will release its official death toll later, but it will be lower because additional deaths have since been reported by individual UK nations.

England has recorded the most deaths in the UK (5,655), followed by Scotland (296), Wales (212) and Northern Ireland (73).

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The figures do not include out-of-hospital deaths in places such as private homes, care homes or hospices.

It had been hoped that lesser death totals in recent days could suggest a flattening of the curve of the epidemic, but experts have continually warned people not to read too much into the very unpredictable data.

News of the grim numbers comes as the UK's Prime Minister Boris Johnson continues to face his own coronavirus battle in hospital.

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After being taken in to St Thomas' hospital in London for tests when his coronavirus symptoms failed to subside, he was last night taken into an Intensive Care Unit.

Downing Street today reported that Mr Johnson had a comfortable night and has not yet needed the use of a ventilator to breathe.