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The number of people who have died after contracting coronavirus in the UK has risen to 144 – as the number of confirmed cases rose 643 to 3,269, according to the Department of Health.
It comes after NHS England confirmed 29 more people had died in England in the past 24 hours, taking the number to 128.
The latest deaths were people between 47 and 96 years old and all had underlying health conditions.
London’s death toll went up 16 and now stands at 52.
Earlier, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said three people in Scotland had died there in the past 24 hours after testing positive for coronavirus.
She said her country’s death toll had doubled to six as she addressed MSPs in Holyrood.
The total number of people in Scotland who have contracted COVID-19 stands at 266 – a rise of 39 in 24 hours.
She said the figure was “likely to be an underestimate of the true prevalence of the infection”.
The number of cases in Wales has also increased, with 24 new confirmed cases bringing its total to 170.
Northern Ireland has a total of 77 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
On Thursday morning, the total number of cases across the UK stood at 2,689 but it is expected to change later today.
Courtesy of Sky News