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Coronavirus deaths in UK rise by lowest level since the end of March

A further 269 people diagnosed with COVID-19 have died in the UK, taking the overall total to 31,855.

It is the lowest daily figure since 29 March, when there were 214 fatalities in a 24-hour period.

The new figure released by the Department of Health is for coronavirus-related fatalities in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the community, as of 5pm on Saturday.

Numbers at the weekend can sometimes be lower than during the week as some administration staff who collate the figures may not be working.

There have been 178 new deaths in hospitals in England, bringing the total to 23,149.

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In Scotland, there have been 10 further fatalities, with the total now 1,857.

In Wales, 12 more people have died after testing positive for coronavirus, taking the total number to 1,111.

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In Northern Ireland, five further coronavirus deaths have been reported, bringing the total to 435.

Image: The new coronavirus slogans unveiled by Boris Johnson

For an eighth day in a row, the government has not reached its daily 100,000 test target. There were 92,837 tests on Saturday. The last time it hit Health Secretary Matt Hancock's target was 2 May.

It comes as Boris Johnson has revealed the first details of the government's revised coronavirus rules.

The longstanding official guidance to "stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives" has been amended to "stay alert, control the virus, save lives".

The PM tweeted his new advice, saying people should "stay at home as much as possible", keep two metres apart when outside and "limit contact with other people".

Everyone has a role to play in helping to control the virus by staying alert and following the rules.

This is how we can continue to save lives as we start to recover from coronavirus.#StayAlert pic.twitter.com/2z9yl1Fxs4

— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) May 10, 2020

Mr Johnson will this evening unveil a warning system administered by a new "joint biosecurity centre" which will detect local increases in COVID-19 infection rates.

With the alerts ranging from green in level one to red in level five, he will say the nation is close to moving down from four to three.

Ahead of a COBRA meeting with Mr Johnson, the leaders of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland said they had not been consulted over the "stay alert, control the virus and save lives" slogan.

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Coronavirus deaths in UK rise by lowest level since the end of March

A further 269 people diagnosed with COVID-19 have died in the UK, taking the overall total to 31,855.

It is the lowest daily figure since 29 March, when there were 214 fatalities in a 24-hour period.

The new figure released by the Department of Health is for coronavirus-related fatalities in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the community, as of 5pm on Saturday.

Numbers at the weekend can sometimes be lower than during the week as some administration staff who collate the figures may not be working.

There have been 178 new deaths in hospitals in England, bringing the total to 23,149.

Advertisement

In Scotland, there have been 10 further fatalities, with the total now 1,857.

In Wales, 12 more people have died after testing positive for coronavirus, taking the total number to 1,111.

More from Covid-19

In Northern Ireland, five further coronavirus deaths have been reported, bringing the total to 435.

Image: The new coronavirus slogans unveiled by Boris Johnson

For an eighth day in a row, the government has not reached its daily 100,000 test target. There were 92,837 tests on Saturday. The last time it hit Health Secretary Matt Hancock's target was 2 May.Read More »

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