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Number of coronavirus patients who have died in UK hospitals rises by 828 bringing death toll to 17,337

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The number of people who have died in UK hospitals after contracting coronavirus is now 17,337.

The death toll has increased by 828 from 16,509 at the same point yesterday, according to the latest update from the Department of Health.

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus has risen by 4,301 to 129,044 from 124,743 at the same point yesterday.

A total of 535,342 tests have now been conducted, with 18,206 concluding yesterday.

Downing Street said today that the UK now had capacity to carry out 39,250 tests a day.

NHS England announced 778 new deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 15,607.

In Scotland, a total of 985 patients have died after testing positive for coronavirus, up by 70 from 915 on Monday, the first minister has said.

Nicola Sturgeon said 8,672 people have now tested positive for the virus in Scotland, up by 222 from 8,450 the day before.

In Wales, a further 25 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths there to 609, health officials said.

The number of deaths reported by the Department of Health includes only patients who have died in hospital.

In reality, the death toll is much higher as some die from coronavirus at home and in care homes.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) releases figures on a weekly basis which include everyone who has died from Covid-19 both in hospitals and in the community – but only for England and Wales.

The latest figures from the ONS show that there were 1,662 deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales registered during the week up to April 10 outside of hospitals.

Of these, 1,043 took place in care homes and 466 were in private homes.

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