UK coronavirus death toll rises above 36,500 with 12-year-old among 282 new victims

April Roach
NHS England has announced a further 157 deaths of people in hospitals in England who had contracted Covid-19: PA

The UK coronavirus death toll has passed 36,500, according to the latest Government figures.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said a total of 36,675 people had now died after testing positive for Covid-19, a daily rise of 282.

The figure relates to those who have died across all settings, including hospitals, care homes and in the communities.

It came after NHS England separately announced 157 new deaths on Saturday of patients who had tested positive for Covid-19. It brings the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 25,544.

Wales reported a further six new Covid-19 deaths on Saturday, bringing its overall death toll to 1,260, while Northern Ireland reported one coronavirus-related death, bringing its total to 505.

Scotland reported an additional 16 new coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, with a total of 2,261 Covid-19-linked fatalities now reported.

Among the latest deaths announced on Saturday by NHS England was a 12-year-old with underlying health conditions.

The youngest death to be announced by NHS England has been a six-week-old baby.

Of the 25,544 confirmed reported deaths so far in hospitals in England, 13,507 (53 per cent) have been people aged 80 and over while 9,814 (38 per cent) were aged 60-79.

A further 2,026 (8 per cent) were aged 40-59, according to NHS England.

The number of deaths announced so far by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust stands at 884, the highest of any trust in England.

Barts Health NHS Trust has announced 591 deaths and London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust has announced 576 deaths.

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