UK coronavirus death toll rises by 22 to a total of 44,220

The latest UK coronavirus death toll is now 44,220, after another 22 people died.

The Department of Health and Social Care confirmed 44,220 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Saturday – up by 22 from 44,198 the previous day.

Although the death toll has increased, it is one of the lowest daily death rises since lockdown began, with previous Sunday totals at 21 and 27, with another 516 positive cases confirmed by the government today.

The death toll has increased.

The Government figures do not include all deaths involving Covid-19 across the UK, which are thought to have passed 55,000.

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Earlier today, another 19 coronavirus deaths were announced across UK hospitals, reported Mirror Online.

England reported 18 new hospital deaths amid fresh fears that the easing of the lockdown – including the reopening of pubs – could lead to a surge in cases.

Patients were aged between 54 and 94 years old and all had known underlying health conditions.

Another 516 positive cases were confirmed, taking the total to 285,416

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Wales reported one new death. It takes the nation's total to 1,531.

Nine new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Scotland over the last 24 hours.

Due to a technical issue the Scottish Government is not able to publish figures regarding the number of deaths related to the virus on July 4.

It means the hospital death toll remains at 2,488.

The number of positive cases has risen to 18,296 which is an increase of nine from Saturday’s figures.

Northern Ireland have not yet updated their totals.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson this afternoon led a nationwide clap for key workers on the NHS's 72nd anniversary, along with the woman who started the weekly Thursday night applause during the first 10 weeks of lockdown.

Mr Johnson and Clap For Our Carers founder Annemarie Plas led the commemoration from the doorstep of Number 10.

As part of the NHS birthday celebrations, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Annemarie Plas, founder of Clap For Our Carers, outside 10 Downing Street, London, join in the pause for applause to salute the NHS 72nd birthday.

Second World War veteran and NHS fundraiser Captain Sir Tom Moore joined the applause from his home in a video he shared on Twitter.

The 100-year-old, who raised millions for the NHS, said: "Happy 72nd birthday NHS. Thank you for all that you do for us."