ITV: UK coronavirus death toll increases by 176 to 39,904

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A further 176 people with Covid-19 have died in the UK, taking the coronavirus death toll across the four nations to 39,904.

Announcing the figures at the government’s daily coronavirus briefing, transport secretary Grant Shapps said 220,057 tests were carried out or dispatched in the 24-hour period up to 9am on Thursday, with 1,805 positive results.

Overall, a total of 5,005,565 tests have been carried out and 281,661 cases have been confirmed positive.

NHS England announced 115 new deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England to 27,159.

Of the new deaths announced on Thursday, 24 had occurred on June 3, 49 on June 2 while nine patients who had test positive for Covid-19 on June 1.

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