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A further 74 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus, the latest Government figures show.

A total of 46,193 people have now died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Friday.

But separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been more than 56,400 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The Government also said that in the 24-hour period up to 9am on Saturday, there had been a further 771 lab-confirmed cases.

Overall, a total of 303,952 cases have been confirmed.

The Government figures differ from the hospital death count released separately by devolved authorites.

NHS England said a further four people have died in England, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals to 29,342.

Patients were aged between 78 and 84 years old and all had known underlying health conditions.

Another five deaths were also reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.

In Scotland there have been no new reported deaths, meaning the total under this measurement remains at 2,491.

Latest figures show there have been 18 new cases of coronavirus recorded in the country in the past 24 hours.

These cases represent 0.5 per cent of newly tested individuals, the Scottish Government said.

There were 260 people in hospital with Covid-19 and three in intensive care.

Meanwhile, Public Health Wales said a further two people have died after testing positive for coronavirus.

This takes the total number of deaths in the country to 1,562.

The number of cases in Wales increased by 21, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 17,279.

Northern Ireland have yet to release their figures.