A review of how Covid-19 deaths are calculated in England has reduced the UK death toll by more than 5,000.

The British Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) daily figures represents the number of reported deaths in all settings of people who have tested positive for Covid-19.

Previously, Public Health England (PHE) fed into this data by including anyone who had died following a positive coronavirus test at any point.

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock ordered an urgent review into how PHE calculated Covid-19 death figures after researchers criticised "statistical flaws" in the way the deaths were reported.

Professors Yoon Loke and Carl Heneghan raised concerns that anyone who had ever tested positive for Covid-19 and then died was included in England's death figures - even if they died from something else.

They said that no patient was allowed to recover from the virus because "anyone who has tested Covid positive but subsequently died at a later date of any cause will be included" in the data.

Yesterday, British Government figures said 46,706 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK.

But in updated figures released today, the number of all deaths in patients testing positive for Covid-19 in the UK within the past 28 days was reduced by more than 5,000 to 41,329.

From now on, authorities will only include deaths that occurred within 28 days of a positive lab-confirmed Covid-19 test result.

The issue with the data only related to England, as Scotland and Northern Ireland were already using the 28-day cut-off method.

Data from Public Health Wales, Health Protection Scotland and the Northern Ireland Public Health Agency is all included in DHSC statistics.