Britain has recorded a further 215 deaths linked to coronavirus as the country braces for another easing of lockdown next week.
It brings the UK-wide death toll across hospitals, care homes and the wider community to 38,376. A total of 272,826 people have now tested positive for Covid-19 in the UK after 2,445 more confirmed cases were recorded on Friday, the Culture Secretary told the Downing Street briefing.
Oliver Dowden also said a further 127,722 tests were carried out on Friday, bringing the total to 4,171,408. NHS England has announced 146 new deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 26,529. Scotland recorded a further 22 fatalities, Wales 14 and Northern Ireland one.
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Public Health Wales said another 86 people have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 13,913. A further 13 positive cases of the virus were confirmed in Northern Ireland, bringing that tally to 4,709.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the latest easing of lockdown rules on Thursday. However, three top Government scientific advisers have come out this weekend warning it could be too soon to relax the rules.
Professor Peter Horby, of the University of Oxford, joined scientists Sir Jeremy Farrar and Professor John Edmunds, all members of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), broke ranks to warn that ministers are taking risks.
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