Coronavirus latest: UK death toll now stands at 1,228



More than 200 more people who tested positive for Covid-19 have died in just 24 hours to bring the UK death toll to 1,228.

The Department of Health have released the latest figures, which show 209 people have died between 5pm on Friday and the same yesterday.

And, as of 9am this morning, a total of 127,737 people have been tested for coronavirus, with 19,522 positive results.

The further 190 patients in England who died were aged between 39 and 105, and all but four – aged between 57 and 87 – had underlying health conditions, the NHS said.

Their families have been informed.

On average, around 7,000 new tests a day were carried out in the seven days to 9am March 29.

In the previous seven days the daily average was around 5,400.

Between Thursday and Friday, we saw by far the biggest day-on-day rise in the number of deaths since the outbreak began as the number of UK deaths rose by 260 to pass 1,000.

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