Another 115 people who tested positive for COVID-19 die as UK total rises to 578



Another 115 people who tested positive for COVID-19 have died – the Department for Health have said this evening (Thursday March 26).

The total number of people who have died after testing positive for the coronavirus in the UK has now risen to 578 – with NHS England saying 107 of the latest recorded deaths were in England.

NHS England said those who died in England were aged between 32 and 102 – with all but two having underlying health conditions.

A Department for Health and Social Care spokesman said:  “As of 9am March 26, a total of 104,866 have been tested: 93,208 negative. 11,658 positive. As of 5pm on 26 March, of those hospitalised in the UK, 578 have sadly died.”

The department announced it had changed its reporting approach for the data – meaning the reporting time periods would change.

In a statement they said:  “We’ve revised our reporting approach to help ensure we provide more timely updates going forward. The reporting time period for deaths will be changed.

“To ensure data can be verified and published in a timely, consistent way, we are moving to a new system for publication of deaths. The latest figures counted from the previous day (for a period from 5pm-5pm) will be published at 2pm the following day.

“Yesterday’s figures did not cover a full 24 hour period while we adjust to the new system. These figures comprised the period from 9am 24 March to 5pm on 24 March. Figures issued today are recorded as of 5pm 24 March to 5pm 25 March.

“Going forwards, figures on deaths will be recorded for the 24 hour period as of 5pm the previous day.

“Figures on tests remain as of the 24 hour period from 9am that day. We’re working hard with colleagues at  Public Health England and NHS England to provide you with reliable and timely data.”

Updated regional numbers of confirmed cases have not yet been released – although given limited testing the overall figure of actual cases will in any event be much higher.

Across the world there have now been more than 23,000 deaths across 182 countries and territories – out of more than 500,000 cases.  There have also been 122,226 recoveries.

More than 8,200 people have died in Italy after testing positive for COVID-19, with Spain on 4,145 and China on 3,287.

For more live COVID-19 updates throughout today (Thursday March 26) visit our live feed here.

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