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The UK has recorded its lowest daily coronavirus fatality figure since the nationwide lockdown began, with 160 further deaths.

The increase – the lowest recorded by the Department of Health since 24 March – takes the total to 34,796.

The figure includes coronavirus-related fatalities in all settings, including hospitals, care homes and the community.

On Sunday, the UK had recorded its lowest daily number of deaths in 53 days, as 170 new deaths were announced, although today’s figure marks another small drop.

The numbers are typically lower over the weekend, but the daily increases have been trending downwards.

At the peak on 2 April, 961 deaths were reported within 24 hours.

Medical staff transfer a patient through a corridor at The Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital in East Lancashire during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease.
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More than 34,000 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in the UK

In England, a further 122 people have died, bringing the total number of deaths in hospitals in the country to 24,739.

Seven of those had no known underlying health condition, and they were aged between 50 and 85.

The number of deaths of patients with COVID-19 by region are as follows:

East of England – 10

London – 10

Midlands – 28

North East & Yorkshire – 28

North West – 24

South East – 16

South West – 6

Earlier today, Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced lockdown measures could be eased in Scotland “within days” of 28 May.

Meanwhile, everyone across the UK aged five and over who has coronavirus symptoms is now eligible for a test, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.

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