UK coronavirus toll passes 31,000: govt

By: AFP      Published: 11:43 PM, 8 May, 2020
UK coronavirus toll passes 31,000: govt
A handout photograph released by the UK Parliament shows Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacting during Prime Minister's Question time (PMQs) in the House of Commons in London on May 6, 2020.–AFP

More than 31,000 people who have tested positive for coronavirus have now died in Britain, new health ministry figures showed on Friday.

The number of fatalities in hospitals, care homes and the wider community rose by 626 on the previous day to reach 31,241.

A six-week old baby with an underlying health condition was among the new deaths recorded in England, according to the state-run National Health Service (NHS).

The figures include all those who have tested positive for COVID-19 but many more have the virus listed on their death certificates.

Office for National Statistics (ONS) data up to April 25 suggested more than 32,000 deaths were linked to the coronavirus in Britain.