UK coronavirus death toll reaches 38,489

A total of 38,489 people have died in the UK from coronavirus, it was announced at Sunday's daily briefing.

The daily briefing figure reflects deaths recorded in hospitals, care homes and the wider community – making it a more reliable indicator than figures for hospitals alone.

Earlier it was confirmed that 105 more people died in England, Wales and Scotland after testing positive for Covid-19, after health bodies in each country released their figures.

NHS England announced 85 new deaths of people, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 26,614.

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Of the 85 new deaths announced on Sunday:
– 15 occurred on May 30
– 31 occurred on May 29
– seven occurred on May 28

The figures also show 22 of the new deaths took place between May 8 and May 27, nine occurred in April, and the remaining one death took place on March 25.

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.

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.

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The figures published on Sunday by NHS England show April 8 continues to have the highest number for the most hospital deaths on a single day, with a current total of 894.

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Public Health Wales said a further 11 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of deaths in Wales to 1,342.

Another 82 people have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 13,995.

Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman says a further nine people with COVID-19 have died bringing the total number of deaths in Scotland to 2,362.

Figures for Northern Ireland were not available.

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