United Kingdom

England records another 39 coronavirus deaths in hospitals taking total to 28,871

Another 39 people have died of coronavirus in English hospitals, NHS England has revealed.

The total number of people to die after testing positive for COVID-19 is now 28,872, health officials said.  

Patients were aged between 45 and 99 years old and all had known underlying health conditions.

The total number of people to die after testing positive for COVID-19 is now 28,872, health officials said (file image)

It comes the same day thousands of pubs and restaurants across the country opened their doors to customers for the first time since lockdown began on March 23. 

Yesterday Number 10's scientific advisers revealed the R rate — the average number of people each Covid-19 patient infects — is still between 0.7 and 0.9 as a whole for the UK. 

But SAGE admitted it could be as high as 1.1 in London, and 1 in the Midlands, the North East and Yorkshire, the South East and the South West.

Separate data released by the government panel also claimed the UK's current growth rate — how the number of new cases is changing day-by-day — may be 0 per cent, meaning it has stagnated. 

Coronavirus outbreaks could even be growing in London and the South West by two per cent each day. 

More to follow. 

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