The number of people who have died after testing positive for Covid-19 across the UK has risen to 759 – according to figures released this afternoon by the Department of Health.
The latest figures, correct as of 5pm yesterday evening, are an increase of 181 – with restrictions on movement remaining in force as the country deals with the pandemic.
This statement from the Department of Health this afternoon (Friday March 27) states: “As of 9am on March 27 2020, a total of 113,777 people have been tested, of which 99,234 were confirmed negative and 14,543 were confirmed positive.
“As of 5pm on March 26 2020, 759 patients in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have died.
“The figures for test results and for deaths are compiled from different sources. This is why the figures for deaths are reported from an earlier point in time than the figures for test results.”
The number of deaths rose by 181 from the 578 confirmed as of 5pm on March 25.
The latest deaths included 168 people in England who tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in England to 689, the NHS said.
The patients were in England were aged between 29 and 98 years old and all but four – aged between 82 and 91 – had underlying health conditions.
NHS England said their families have been informed.
The latest figures for individual number of positive cases for each local authority area has not been released but as of yesterday’s update there were 16 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Stoke-on-Trent, 121 in Staffordshire and 31 in Cheshire East. We expect to be able to bring you revised numbers later this evening.
Given limited testing the actual number of cases is likely to be far higher in every area of the country.
As of 3.40pm this afternoon there have been more than 523,000 cases recorded across the world – with more than 24,000 deaths and 124,000 recoveries.
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