UK coronavirus deaths increase from 627 to 32,692

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Another 627 people died of Covid-19 in the UK, bringing the official number of government deaths to 32,692.

However, adding the most up-to-date figures from the Office for National Statistics, NHS England and the authorities of Scotland and Northern Ireland, the number of deaths from coronavirus is 40,297.

The death toll in the UK is the second highest in the world, after that of the United States.

The latest figures from the Ministry of Health indicate that 1,460,517 people have been tested, of which 226,463 have tested positive.

Globally, 287,158 people have died from Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University.

There were 2,007,146 tests in all.

But again, the number of daily tests is below Matt Hancock’s 100,000 daily test target, with 85,293 tests on Monday.

Southampton University Hospital has named 3,500 of its nurses “nurses of the year” to mark International Nurses Day.

Nursing home deaths accounted for 40% of coronavirus-related deaths in England and Wales in the week before May 1, with at least 10,535 of all deaths to date outside of hospitals, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Of the 6,035 deaths from Covid-19 in the week ending May 1, 2,423 (40%) were in nursing homes, compared to 3,214 (53%) in hospitals.

The weekly number of nursing home deaths is down slightly from 2,794 in the past seven days and the first week-to-week decline since March 20.

ONS statistics also show that between March 21 and May 1, there were 46,494 more deaths than the average for this period in the previous five years.

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