UK coronavirus death toll now over 36,500

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The North West of England was the hardest hit region of the UK today with 40 coronavirus deaths, exceeding London and the Midlands.

In the UK's hospitals 252 people died with the virus, with the overall figure for UK deaths now exceeding 36,500 according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

England reported 207 new deaths, Scotland had 36 and Wales recorded nine. Northern Ireland has not yet updated its totals.

According to NHS England, the victims in England's hospitals were aged between 37 and 100 years old, with 19 of the 207 patients (aged between 60 and 95) having no known underlying health condition.

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The number of deaths involving Covid-19 that have been registered across the UK stands at 33,021.

This includes 29,710 deaths that occurred in England and Wales up to April 24 (and which had been registered up to May 2), according to the ONS.

Today's figures from NHS England show that a further 3,610 hospital patients who had tested positive for Covid-19 died between April 25 and May 8 – which, together with the total figure of 33,021 registered deaths, suggests the overall death toll for the UK has now passed 36,500.

Official data already suggests that more than 36,000 people have died with Covid-19 inside and outside of hospitals – the highest in Europe and the second highest in the world behind the United States.

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