The death toll from the coronavirus in hospitals across the United Kingdom has risen to 20,319, an increase of 813 in 24 hours, the latest data from the health ministry showed today.

The death figures are as of 5pm yesterday.

In Northern Ireland, 16 more people have died from Covid-19 in hospitals in Northern Ireland, bringing the death toll there to 294.

The Northern Ireland Department of Health also confirmed that an additional 104 people have tested positive for the coronavirus since yesterday.

The total number of confirmed cases in the North now stands at 3,226.

The death toll from Covid-19 in England's hospitals has risen by 711 to 18,084, the NHS said.

This brings the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 18,084. 

Of the 711 new deaths announced earlier today: 105 occurred on 24 April, 236 occurred on 23 April and 66 occurred on 22 April. 

The figures also show 235 of the new deaths took place between 1 April and 21 April while the remaining 69 deaths occurred in March, with the earliest new death taking place on 11 March. 

NHS England releases updated figures each day showing the dates of every coronavirus-related death in hospitals in England, often including previously uncounted deaths that took place several days or even weeks ago.

This is because of the time it takes for deaths to be confirmed as testing positive for Covid-19, for post-mortem examinations to be processed and for data from the tests to be validated. 

The figures published by NHS England show 8 April continues to have the highest number for the most hospital deaths occurring on a single day, with a current total of 855.

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A total of 1,231 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for Covid-19, a rise of 47 from yesterday, the Scottish government has confirmed. 

The number of people who have tested positive for the virus there is 10,051, up 354. 

A further 23 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus in Wales, taking the total number of deaths there to 774, health officials said. 

Public Health Wales said a further 299 people had tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 8,900. 

Dr Chris Williams, from Public Health Wales, said: "Based on the new case numbers there is emerging evidence suggesting a levelling-off in the number of new cases of Covid-19 in Wales, which may be an indication of the effectiveness of lockdown measures. 

"However, it is still too early to tell for sure, and it is too soon to end the current social distancing rules. 

"Public Health Wales continues to fully support the extension of lockdown measures, which is essential to avoid reversing the gains we have made in slowing the spread of this virus, protecting our NHS and saving lives."

Additional reporting: Gail Conway