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Death toll in UK from coronavirus rises to 1,408 with 180 new deaths

The total number of  coronavirus deaths in UK has risen to 1,408 with 180 new deaths.

Another 159 deaths were in England, six in Scotland, 14 in Wales, and one in Northern Ireland.

In England, the patients were aged between 32 and 98 years old and all but four, aged between 56 and 87 years old, had underlying health conditions, according to the PA news agency.

The number is slightly lower than the past two days, with 209 deaths on Sunday and 260 on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Boris Johnson 's chief aide Dominic Cummings is self-isolating after showing coronavirus symptoms, it has emerged.

It comes after the Prime Minister tested positive for the virus and has gone into isolation.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has also contracted the virus, as well as Public Health England chief medical officer Chris Whitty.

This weekend saw the deadliest weekend yet for Spain with 838 deaths in just 24 hours, putting the country's total at 6,528.

The US now accounts for the highest number of coronavirus infections of any nation, recording more than 122,000 confirmed cases on Saturday.

The death toll in the country surged past 2,000, more than double the figure two days ago.

Experts warned that the number of deaths in the UK from Covid-19 will spike tomorrow.

The expected rise in death total will come as the government releases stats which include those who died from the  coronavirus  when not in the hospital, who are currently not included in NHS England statistics.

Figures currently record the number of people who have died in a hospital only.

Questions have also been raised over whether the official coronavirus toll accurately reflects the number of deaths seen in hospitals.

From tomorrow the new set of statistics released by the Office of National Statistics means the number of deaths linked to the virus is likely to rise as it will record all deaths where coronavirus is listed as a cause.

But the new statistics, which will be released weekly, will still lag behind the real number of deaths occurring as a result of the virus.

Deputy chief medical officer Dr Jenny Harries said on Sunday that there is a "time lag" in the number of deaths tallied up as officials firm up the numbers and speak to families.

Some hospitals have even said the death rate released by NHS England does not match up to what they are seeing.

The vast majority of those who have died from Covid-19 in Britain have been aged 70 or older or had serious pre-existing health conditions.

What is not clear is how many of those deaths would have occurred anyway if the patients had not contracted Covid-19.

Last week, Professor Neil Ferguson, director of the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College London said it was not yet clear how many "excess deaths" caused by coronavirus there would be in the UK.

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