Child, 12, dies from coronavirus as UK hospital death toll passes 29,500
The UK's coronavirus hospital death toll has increased to 29,571 after 180 more deaths were reported in 24 hours.
A 12-year-old child with an underlying health condition was among the latest victims in England as the UK saw its lowest daily total on a Saturday since the Covid-19 lockdown was announced on March 23.
England reported 157 new deaths, Scotland had 16, Wales recorded six and Northern Ireland had one as the hospital toll continues to trend downwards.
The daily rise of 180 is down considerably from the previous Saturday totals of 244 on May 16, 252 on May 9, 469 on May 2, 797 on April 25, 885 on April 18 and 917 on April 11.
The Department of Health's latest official count of 36,393 fatalities in all settings, including care homes and private residences, will be updated later.
However, Britain's true toll is more than 45,000 fatalities, according to the latest available data based on death certificates mentioning Covid-19, including suspected cases, in all four nations.
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NHS England has announced 157 new deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 25,545.
It said the latest victims were aged between 12 and 100.
Seven of the 157 patients had no known underlying health condition.
Those seven patients were aged ...
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