The UK coronavirus death toll has risen by eight, according to Government figures.

The total number of people who have died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK has reached 46,201 as of 5pm on Saturday.

But separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been 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 Sunday, there had been a further 744 lab-confirmed cases.

Overall, a total of 304,695 cases have been confirmed.

The Government figures differ from the hospital death tolls which are released by individual devolved authorities.

NHS England said a further five people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals to 29,347.

Patients were aged between 52 and 86 years old, and all had known underlying health conditions.

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

Public Health Wales said a further three people have died after testing positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of deaths in the country to 1,565.

The number of cases in Wales increased by 37, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 17,279.

The figures for Scotland and Northern Ireland are yet to be released.