U.K. Reports 586 More Coronavirus Deaths, Up From 360 Yesterday

(Bloomberg) --

A further 586 people are reported to have died from the coronavirus in U.K. hospitals, the government said.

That’s an increase on the 360 deaths reported Monday, but U.K. death numbers are usually artificially low after a weekend.

Some 3,996 more people tested positive for the disease, down from an increase of 4,310 the day before, according to figures given by Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Tuesday. The U.K. now has more confirmed cases than Germany, and the fifth-highest number of confirmed cases in the world.

On April 27, 43,453 new tests were carried out, still significantly short of the government’s target of 100,000 a day by the end of the month.

Daily reports of deaths released by the Health Department, however, only include those that occurred in hospitals. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics on Tuesday showed that the number of deaths in care homes from Covid-19 more than doubled in the week ending April 17 from the previous seven days.

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