THE UK coronavirus death toll shot up by 569 today to 2,961 people – including 44 with no underlying health conditions.
Positive cases for the deadly disease in the UK have also risen to 33,718 – up 4,244 from yesterday.
A week ago, the total number of positive cases for the whole of the UK was 11,658.
The number of people testing positive for Covid-19 has been rising on average by around 17 per cent per day – suggesting we are no closer to the “curve” flattening.
NHS England today confirmed a further 561 people have died – bringing the total number of hospital deaths in the country to 2,698.
The latest victims were aged between 22 and 100 – including 44 with no underlying health conditions.
That is the largest number of deaths in healthy people so far and includes a 25-year-old victim.
In Wales, a further 19 people have died – bringing the total death toll to 117.
While in Scotland, 50 more people died in 24 hours – with their total deaths now at 126.
A further six people have died in Northern Ireland – bringing their total deaths to 36.
The Department of Health also confirmed today 163,194 people have been tested in total – with 10,657 tests carried out in England alone for the first time since the outbreak began.
Among the deaths announced today is comedy legend Eddie Large, 78, who died after contracting the disease in hospital.