UK coronavirus death toll rises by 155 in past 24 hours – another 689 people test positive

The number of people who have died after testing positive for coronavirus has now reached 43,730.

The figure is up by 155 from the day before at 43,575, and includes people that have died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community.

Another 689 people have tested positive for the virus since yesterday.

The Department of Health said: “As of 9am 30 June, there have been 9,426,631 tests, with 133,467 tests on 29 June. 312,654 people have tested positive.

“As of 5pm on 29 June, of those tested positive for coronavirus, across all settings, 43,730 have sadly died.”

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The latest figures come as it was announced that no excess deaths have been recorded in England and Wales for first time since lockdown.

‘Excess deaths’ refers to the number of additional deaths when compared to the average number of deaths over five years for the same period.

This means the total number of excess deaths in the UK between March 21 and June 12 this year remains at last week’s figure of 65,101, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

However, the true death toll involving Covid-19 in the UK is now just under 55,000.

The total includes new figures published on Tuesday by the Office for National Statistics, which show that 49,610 deaths involving Covid-19 had occurred in England and Wales up to June 19 (and had been registered by June 27).

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