The number of coronavirus deaths in the UK has hit 40,465 after 204 more people died.
A further 75 people, who tested positive for Covid-19 have died in England’s hospitals, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths to 27,359.
Patients were aged between 43 and 100 years old and all had known underlying health conditions.
A full official death toll counting the figures across all settings, including care homes and hospitals, will be released later today.
The figures for the country are as follows - East of England: 6, London: 5, Midlands: 15, North East & Yorkshire: 19, North West: 17, South East: 12, South West, 1.
Meanwhile, schools in Wirral that were planning to open to more pupils from Monday have been told they can pause these plans after reports of a rising coronavirus infection rate in the region.
A message sent to school bosses from the council's director of children's services has said the local authority will support them in delaying a re-opening on Monday because of concerns about the high 'R' rate in the North West.
Schools in Halton were also advised not to reopen to reception, Year 1 and Year 6 until the R rate decreases to below 1.
An influential model from scientists at Publc Health England and the University of Cambridge puts the R value at 1.01 for the North West - with particular concerns about Liverpool and Manchester.
This has prompted fears that there may need to be new local lockdown restrictions placed on parts of the North West to stop the spread of the virus here.
The government had told schools across the country to begin opening to more students from June 1, but many areas around the country had defied this order.
Wirral was one of these, but had said it was 'aiming' to open primary schools from June 8 and secondary schools to Year 10 and 12 pupils from June 15.
However, new of the rising R value in the North West has seen a sudden change in this plan.
The message sent to schools from Mr Boyce, seen by the ECHO, said: "Today we have been made aware that the most recent reproduction (R) median value for the North West is reported as being 1.01.
"As this is one of the key tests of the Secretary of State for Education, we are awaiting his response.
"However, he has previously made it clear as one of his 5 tests that the R value should be below 1 before it would be safe for schools to open for children.
"On this basis we are supportive of schools to pause their plans to open to more children until further information is provided.
"We recognise this announcement has come very late in the day and so accept this will mean that your school may not be able to open to more pupils on 8th June.
"If this is the decision of the School and Governors, the council will support this decision."
Wirral is not the only area in the North West where school opening plans are changing.
Schools in Blackburn said they would not reopen on Monday, as the government has urged, while Tameside Council "strongly" advised schools not to do so.