The government has reduced the UK's coronavirus death toll following a review of how the figures are calculated.

The Department of Health and Social Care stopped reporting the daily number of deaths which occurred as a result of the virus in July following concerns over their accuracy.

Academics said the way Public Health England (PHE) calculates the data means they might look worse in England compared to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Experts also said the number of deaths may be over-exaggerated - while others branded the move to conduct a review "odd".

However, the Secretary of State did call for a review and the results have meant more than 5,000 deaths have been removed from the toll.

Officials said as of Wednesday August 12 the number of all deaths of patients testing positive for Covid-19 in the UK within 28 days was 41,329 - down by 5,377 on earlier government figures which said 46,706 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK, as of 5pm on Tuesday.

The DHSC said the change came after the UK Government and devolved administrations agreed to publish the number of deaths that have occurred within 28 days of a positive lab-confirmed Covid-19 test result each day.

Previously deaths were included for anyone who had died following a positive coronavirus test at any point.

Separate figures published by the UK's statistics agencies show there have been 56,800 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.