More than 20,000 people have now died from coronavirus in UK hospitals, the Department of Health has announced.
The latest figures showed a total of 20,319 deaths in the UK, up by 813 on the previous day.
At the government’s daily briefing, the home secretary described the figure as a “tragic and terrible milestone”.
Last month, the government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, said keeping deaths below 20,000 would be a “good outcome”.
It is 51 days since the first virus-related death was announced in the UK.
The government’s figures do not account for deaths that have happened in care homes, at home, in hospices or elsewhere in the community.
These are measured separately by the Office for National Statistics, based on death certificates, and a weekly figure is announced each Tuesday.
Last week that figure indicated that there were at least 1,662 deaths, up to 10 April, that were above the hospital-based number.
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