The UK's coronavirus death toll has reached over 40,000 after increasing by 357.

As of 5pm on June 4, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, across all settings,40,261 have died.

NHS England has announced 123 new deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 27,282.

This comes as the Government defended its test and trace strategy for Covid-19 after one of the programme's senior executives said it will not be "world class" until at least September.

Tony Prestedge, the test and trace scheme's chief operating officer, admitted in a webinar that the programme would not be world-beating until September or October, the Guardian reported.

But Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Friday that Mr Prestedge was talking specifically about the app, which is not now due to be rolled out until the end of the month.

Mr Shapps told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "What he said was, as with any app, it gets released and anyone who downloads an app on their phone knows it is forever being updated and bugs squashed and all the rest of it - apps are never complete in that sense.

"But the NHS test and trace system, let's just be clear about what is there now, anybody who feels ill - you don't have to be in a particular category, you don't have to be a key worker - with coronavirus symptoms can now go to Gov.uk or the NHS website and book a test, it is that straightforward.

"And because the capacity is there with tests in very large numbers - in fact, probably some of the largest numbers in the world now - that is freely available."