The number of deaths involving Covid-19 in the UK has passed 48,000, according to the latest available data.

These figures show that 716 deaths involving Covid-19 had occurred in Northern Ireland up May 22, and had been registered up to May 27.

And the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, published on Tuesday, showed that 42,173 deaths involving Covid-19 occurred in England and Wales up to May 15, and had been registered up to May 23.

Together these figures mean that so far 46,668 deaths have been registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, including suspected cases.

A further 1,408 hospital patients in England who had tested positive for Covid-19 died between May 16 and May 27, according to figures published on Thursday by NHS England – which, together with the total figure of 46,668 registered deaths, indicates the overall death toll for the UK is now just over 48,000.