UK coronavirus death toll hits 27,510 as 739 more die of killer bug in hospitals, care homes and community – The Sun

THE UK's coronavirus death toll has risen to 27,510, new figures reveal.

It is a rise of 739 on yesterday’s tally – with data now combined to include deaths in hospitals, care homes and the wider community.

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The rise in deaths is bigger than it was yesterday, when 674 fatalities were recorded across the UK.

Until this week, the Government had only released the number of coronavirus deaths in hospitals each day – excluding a significant proportion of the overall toll.

Matt Hancock revealed the true figures in today’s daily coronavirus briefing, adding that 177,454 had now tested positive for the virus – up 6,201 from yesterday.

The Health Secretary confirmed the UK had reached its testing goal of 100,000 coronavirus tests per day.

A huge ramping up in the final day meant an extra 40,000 tests were done, bringing the total number of those tested yesterday to 122,347.

Mr Hancock said: "We have met our goal.

"I knew it was an audacious goal, but we needed an audacious goal, because testing is so important."

Earlier today, NHS England announced a further 391 had died in English hospitals, bringing the overall tally in England 20,483.

Patients were aged between 30 and 103 years old and included a healthy 43-year-old.

In Scotland, 1,515 people have now died from the killer bug – up 40 since yesterday.

In Wales, 17 more deaths were announced today, bringing the death toll there to 925.

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