UK coronavirus death toll rises by 121 to nearly 37,000

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NHS England announced 59 new coronavirus deaths in hospitals in England: AFP via Getty Images

The UK coronavirus death toll across all settings has risen by 121, bringing the total to nearly 37,000, according to the Department of Health.

Of those who have tested positive for Covid-19, 36,914 have died across all settings as of 5pm on May 24, the figures show.

Meanwhile the Government has missed its testing target of 100,000 tests a day with only 73,726 taking place on May 24.

In total. 261,184 people have tested positive - an increase of 1,625.

Meanwhile, the number of people who have died in hospitals in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus has risen by 77.

NHS England announced 59 new deaths on Monday of patients who had tested positive for Covid-19.

It brings the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 25,750.

Scotland reported an additional three coronavirus deaths, with a total of 2,273 Covid-19 linked fatalities now reported.

The First Minister said 15,156 people have tested positive for the virus in Scotland, up by 55 from 15,101 the day before.

The number of people who have died after testing positive for coronavirus in Northern Ireland has risen to 514 after eight more deaths were reported by the Department of Health.

Wales reported an additional seven coronavirus deaths bringing the total to 1,274.

The figures published today 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 891.

It comes after the latest deaths announced on Saturday revealed a 12-year-old with underlying health conditions had died after contracting Covid-19.

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