The number of CORONAVIRUS deaths in the UK has risen to 35,704 after an additional 363 deaths have been recorded in the past 24 hours.
A total of 248,293 people have now tested positive for Covid-19 across Britain – up from 2,472 cases compared to yesterday.
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Today’s death toll refers to those who have died in all walks of life – including nursing homes, hospices and the community at large.
The latest increase in deaths confirmed by the Ministry of Health is smaller than it was yesterday, when an additional 545 deaths were recorded.
Today’s numbers are down from 494 last Wednesday.
This is the lowest number of deaths recorded on a Wednesday in the UK in the past eight weeks.
The total number of cases announced today by Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden is 525 lower than yesterday – but the difference has not been explained.
In England, the total number of deaths from Covid-19 has risen to 25,079 today, 166 more than yesterday.
NHS England confirmed that the patients were between 33 and 99 years of age and that five had no known underlying health conditions.
In Scotland, a total of 2,184 patients died after being tested positive for the coronavirus – 50 more than yesterday.
In Wales, 14 more deaths were recorded overnight, bringing the overall death toll to 1,238.
There have been five other deaths in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll to 494.
However, new analysis released today suggests that the total number of deaths in Britain from the virus is much higher than the total reported by the government so far – and has already exceeded 44,500.
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Boris Johnson has promised today that the UK’s Coronavirus tracking and tracing operation will be in place from June 1.
He said it would allow the UK to change the lockdown rules – if scientific advice indicated it was safe to do so.
This means that from then on, anyone diagnosed with a coronavirus should be referred to a team who will contact everyone they have been in contact with.
It is hoped that this will stop the spread of the infection to other people and help people to isolate themselves who might fear they may have caught it.
This comes as the escalation between ministers and teacher unions has reached a boiling point, as some schools may defy plans to reopen on June 1.
Justice Secretary Robert Buckland revealed today that he did not expect everyone to be back by that time, at least 18 lawyers vowing to rebel against government plans .
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Authorities have asked schools to prepare for reception in the first and sixth years to return from early June, if it is still possible to do so.
They offered advice on how to make sure classrooms and playgrounds are as safe as possible – including classes up to 15 and keeping offices farther away.
However, the plans sparked a backlash with unions warning teachers not to go, and now councils across Britain are saying they will not force schools to reopen.
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