A total of 22,852 is calculated by combining the self-reported tolls from England (20,131), Wales (908), Scotland (1,475) and Northern Ireland (338, as of yesterday).
The Government is due to announce a significantly higher toll later today after the Department of Health began including deaths in care homes and the wider community in its official figures.
The latest figures emerged ahead of Boris Johnson’s first daily press conference since recovering from Covid-19, amid mounting pressure on the Prime Minister to set out a path out of the lockdown. With the UK’s coronavirus death toll now the third highest in the world after the US and Italy, Downing Street is playing down any expectations of an easing of restrictions.
Number 10 said a Cabinet meeting earlier in the day would look at the ‘response in general’ but not make any decisions on lockdown measures. That response was facing further criticism as Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s deadline arrived for carrying out 100,000 Covid-19 tests a day.