NHS Test and Trace said 6,732 new people tested positive for Covid-19 in England between August 20 and August 26 - an increase of six per cent in positive cases compared to the previous week (Photo: REUTERS/Toby Melville).

Britain’s Covid-19 death toll has risen by 539 to 30,615, according to figures announced on Thursday (7) by foreign minister Dominic Raab.

The figures, collated by government agency Public Health England and equivalents in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, comprise deaths in all settings following positive coronavirus tests and cover the period up to 1600 GMT on Wednesday (6).

Another dataset published by Britain’s Office for National Statistics published on Tuesday (5) showed a higher toll. This included deaths where coronavirus is mentioned on the death certificate, and the data is only published weekly.


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