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The number of people who have died in hospitals across England, Scotland and Wales after contracting coronavirus has risen by 873 in 24 hours.
The increase consists of 778 in England, 70 in Scotland and 25 in Wales. Northern Ireland has yet to report – for the second day in a row.
UK-wide figures from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) are yet to be published, so the data are taken from each nation’s individual reporting.
It brings the working total to 17,382.
But the government tally, when it is released, is unlikely to match this figure, even discounting Northern Ireland’s data. Here’s a quick primer on what all the different numbers mean and how to understand them.
Of the 778 new deaths announced in England, 136 occurred on Monday, with the remainder stretching as far back as March 21.
Sunday, for which the lowest total in weeks had been reported yesterday, gains 236 in today’s update, suggesting there had simply been a delay in reporting rather than a genuine fall in deaths.
England’s victims were aged 22 to 103, with 24 suffering from no known underlying health conditions.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Office for National Statistics revealed that the number of coronavirus-linked deaths in England and Wales up to April 10 was 41% higher than the official DHSC reports – taking into account, for the first time, people who had died outside hospital and people who had not been tested but were believed to have the condition.