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Coronavirus UK: hospital deaths pass 20,000 after death toll

Latest figures come amid questions over independence of government’s scientific advisory group

3.22pm BST

A further 813 people have died in hospital after testing positive for Covid-19, taking the UK total to 20,319.

It comes almost six weeks after the chief scientific adviser Patrick Vallance said on 17 March that keeping the toll under 20,000 would be “a good outcome in terms of where we would hope to get”.

As of 9am 25 April, 640,792 tests have concluded, with 28,760 tests on 24 April.

517,836 people have been tested of which 148,377 tested positive.

As of 5pm on 24 April, of those hospitalised in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 20,319 have sadly died. pic.twitter.com/5HLhOFWdlu

3.15pm BST

Northern Ireland has confirmed a further 16 patients have died after testing positive for Covid-19, taking the total there to 294.

Another 104 patients have tested positive, taking the total number of positive cases to 3,226.

UPDATE on coronavirus (#COVID19) in NI. pic.twitter.com/IKO9wTdtoa

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