The number of people who have died across the UK after contracting coronavirus has risen by at least 21 in 24 hours.
The increase consists of 18 hospital patients in England, one in Northern Ireland and two hospital patients and care home residents in Wales. Scotland has reported zero deaths for the third consecutive day.
So far, no UK-wide figures from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have been released, so the total is taken from each nation’s individual reporting.
It brings the working total to 43,535.
But the government tally, when it is released later today, is likely to differ as it includes deaths in care homes and the community from all four nations, as well as reflecting slightly different 24-hour windows in some countries. Here’s a quick primer on how to make sense of the different numbers that are reported each day.
The initial daily death toll is far lower than previous 24-hour periods, but it is important to note that the totals are often artificially lower on Sunday and Monday due to a lag in reporting over the weekend.