UK deaths have been up following the Easter weekend
The number of people confirmed to have had coronavirus and died has risen by 888 to 15,464.
That is a similar rise to those announced on Thursday and Friday and up on the numbers reported earlier in the week. This could be due to a lag in reporting over the Easter weekend.
The number of reported deaths – deaths recorded up to 17:00 BST the previous day – remains below last week’s peak.
However, the overall picture is still of concern, with the UK one of just five countries to surpass 10,000 deaths – the others being the US, Spain, Italy and France.
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The majority of the deaths have been in England, with 13,918 deaths in hospitals so far. London and the Midlands have seen the highest tolls.
In Scotland, 893 people have died so far, while the figure in Wales is 534. Northern Ireland has seen a total of 193 deaths.
Most deaths have been among the elderly. Figures released by NHS England show more than half of deaths have been among people aged over 80.
And fewer than one in 10 of those who have died have been under the age of 60.
There also appeared to be a “disproportionate impact” on those from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick told the Number 10 coronavirus briefing on Saturday.
Research needs to be done “swiftly” to “better understand it”, he added.
The UK’s overall death figure is almost entirely made up from those people who died in hospital and tested positive for coronavirus.
For the most part, it does not include deaths in the community, for example in care homes, or people who have died in their own homes.
The Chief Executive of Care England has warned that the true number of coronavirus deaths in care homes could be as high as 7,500
the Office for National Statistics published figures for the period up to 3 April in England and Wales. They included all cases where coronavirus had been listed on a death certificate – in care homes and other community settings as well as in hospitals.
The figures suggest that daily reported numbers are an underestimate of the true death toll.
The coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease known as Covid-19, was first confirmed in the UK at the end of January.
While there were a number of people testing positive throughout February, figures in the UK began to rise substantially towards the end of March.
The highest daily total came on 5 April, when about 6,000 new cases were confirmed.
Currently, the number of confirmed cases and deaths in the UK remains lower than some other European countries.
For example, in Italy there have been more than 170,000 confirmed cases and more than 22,700 deaths.
But while the increase in the number of deaths each day appears to be slowing in Italy, in the UK the number is still rising – albeit at a slower rate than a couple of weeks ago.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has set a target of 100,000 tests per day by the end of April – a big jump from the previous target of 25,000 per day by mid-April.
On Friday and Saturday, the government reported that more than 21,000 coronavirus tests had been carried out in the preceding 24 hours – up from around 18,000 on Thursday. In total, more than 357,000 people in the UK have been tested.
Earlier in the week, Mr Hancock said testing was being expanded to social care staff and care home residents.