The UK's coronavirus hospital death toll has increased by 20 - the lowest rise on a Thursday in lockdown - to 33,736.

England reported 19 new deaths and Scotland recorded its first fatality in eight days. Wales and Northern Ireland reported no new deaths as the number of fatalities continued to trend downwards.

In England, no deaths were reported in London and the South West in the previous 24 hours.

On recent Thursdays, the death toll increase by 24 on July 9, 45 on July 2, 63 on June 25, 69 on June 18 and 95 on June 11. The biggest rise on a Thursday was 891 on April 9, when the UK going through the peak of its outbreak.

The Government's official toll passed 45,000 fatalities in all settings, including care homes, on Wednesday, but the true toll is believed to be closer to 56,000 based on the latest death certificates mentioning Covid-19, including suspected cases.

Coronavirus has killed more than 45,000 people in the UK, according to Government figures

NHS England reported 19 new fatalities on Thursday, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 29,144.

The patients were aged between 52 and 91,and all had known underlying health conditions.

The East of England reported the most deaths (6) in the previous 24 hours, while London and the South West both had zero fatalities.

Five deaths occurred in the North West, four in the North East and Yorkshire, and two each in the Midlands and South East.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that country's first Covid-19 death in eight days.

She said that while "even one death is of course one too many", to have had just one registered fatality of a confirmed case in eight days is "a sign of the progress we have made".

Announcing the latest coronavirus statistics, she said 2,491 patients have now died in Scotland after testing positive for Covid-19 and 18,384 people have tested positive for the virus - which is up 11 from Wednesday.

The R-number in Scotland continues to be below one, Ms Sturgeon said, with an estimate of just 700 people infectious.

Data from King's College London estimates more than 26,000 people have symptomatic Covid-19 in the UK

But she stressed people should continue to "stick to the rules".

Public Health Wales announced no new deaths, as that country's toll remained at 1,545.

It said there were 18 new confirmed cases of the virus, bringing the total to 16,871.

Northern Ireland's death toll stood at 556 as it reported no new fatalities for the third consecutive day.

Its Department of Health said the country's current R rate was between 0.5 and 1.0.

Meanwhile, the Government is to publish postcode-level data of how many people have tested positive for coronavirus.

The public will be able to use the data and an interactive map to look at figures for their area, although homes of individuals with coronavirus will not be identifiable from the data.

The figures, for England, will be published weekly at first with the aim of updating them daily.

Public health professionals across each region will also be given positive test data and contact tracing figures every day.

It comes as new NHS Test and Trace data for England shows that the proportion of people receiving their Covid-19 result within 24 hours of being tested at a regional site or mobile testing unit - a so-called 'in-person' test - has fallen week-on-week.

Some 87.7% of people received the result within 24 hours in the week ending July 8, down slightly from 90.7% in the week ending July 1.