Coronavirus deaths rise by 627, taking the total in the UK to 32,692

May 12, 2020

Another 627 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the UK have died, taking the total to 32,692.

The latest daily figure released by the Department of Health is for coronavirus-related fatalities in hospitals, care homes and the community, reported in a 24-hour period up to 5pm on Monday.

There have been 350 more deaths in hospitals in England, bringing the total to 23,709.

In Scotland, there have been 50 further deaths, with the total now 1,912.

In Wales, 16 more people have died after testing positive for COVID-19, taking the total number to 1,132.

In Northern Ireland, nine further coronavirus deaths have been reported, bringing the total number of fatalities to 447.

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The home nations' daily numbers added together are often not the same as the Department of Health's statistic as they are collated at different times.

The DoH's fatality figure only includes people who have tested positive for COVID-19.

An alternative measure is from the Office for National Statistics, which is based on all mentions of COVID-19 on a death certificate, including suspected COVID-19.

The ONS has said 35,044 deaths involving COVID-19 were registered in England and Wales up to 9 May.

Across the UK, the number of deaths involving COVID-19 that have been registered stands at 38,355.

It comes as the chancellor announced the government scheme which is supporting 7.5 million workers during the coronavirus pandemic will be extended until the end of October.

Rishi Sunak said the furlough scheme, which pays 80% of an employee's salary up to £2,500 a month, will remain unchanged until the end of July as the COVID-19 lockdown continues.

From that point it will continue, but employers will be expected to begin footing some of the multi-billion pound bill.

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