The Department of Health’s daily figure is for coronavirus-related deaths in hospitals and care homes, as well as within the wider the community
According to the Department of Health, the number of people who have died after having contracted COVID-19 in the UK has increased by a further 210 fatalities.
As of 5pm on Sunday, a total of 32,065 people have now died in hospitals, care homes and within the wider community in the UK after testing positive for the coronavirus.
As of 9am this morning, a total number of 223,060 people have reportedly tested positive for the virus in the UK, an increase of 3,877 from Sunday’s figures.
This number is a significant drop from the death-rate in previous weeks; just last Thursday 539 people died from COVID-19 in the UK.
These figures often include previously uncounted deaths that took place several days or even weeks ago, due to the time it can take for deaths to be confirmed as involving COVID-19.
NHS England has announced that there have now been 209 more deaths, bringing the total number of reported deaths in hospitals within England to 23,359.
After eight consecutive days of the government missing its target of 100,000 tests a day, they have finally achieved the goal that was set for the end of April, counting 100,490 tests conducted on the 10th of May.
Breaking News Today had previously covered the lack of testing in the UK after the government had missed their target goal for four days in a row.
The government had previously said that this target had already been reached on the 30th of April, with more than 122,347 tests,l, but this total included more than 40,000 home testing kits some of which were defective and unusable.
This afternoon the government published a 50-page document, alongside a new set of guidance for the public, setting out a more detailed timetable for lifting the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions that are currently in place in the country.
On these changes to the lockdown measures, Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer promises that his party will “have the courage to support the government when that’s the right thing to do, and the courage to challenge the government where it’s getting it wrong.”
“What we needed from the prime minister last night was clarity and reassurance,”
He said, adding that “so many of us have questions that need answering.”
“We needed to hear that nobody would be asked to go to work or send their children to school without it being safe to do so.
“I’ll keep demanding answers to these questions because that’s how we get better decisions and better outcomes.
“And when this is over, and one day it will be, I’m determined we’ll build a better society.
“We can’t go back to a society where we clap our carers once a week but where half of our care workers are paid less than the real living wage.”