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UK COVID-19 Death Toll Surpasses 4,900 as 621 Deaths Reported in 24 Hours – Government

© REUTERS / Peter NichollsAmbulances are seen outside the NHS Nightingale Hospital at the Excel Centre, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain, April 4, 2020
Ambulances are seen outside the NHS Nightingale Hospital at the Excel Centre, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain, April 4, 2020 - Sputnik International
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LONDON (Sputnik) - The COVID-19 death toll in the United Kingdom has surpassed 4,900 after the Department of Health and Social Care on Sunday announced that 621 more people have lost their lives after contracting the disease.

According to the UK government’s daily statistical bulletin, the death toll as of 17:00 GMT on Saturday stood at 4,934. 

The latest figures suggest a drop in the daily increase to the death toll, as the government announced in Saturday’s bulletin that 708 people had died in the 24-hour period up to 17:00 GMT on Friday.

The total number of COVID-19 cases confirmed in the UK now stands at 47,806, the government stated.

Used protective masks are seen in a bin at a laboratory where a fast test for coronavirus is performed, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Frankfurt, Germany, March 31, 2020Used protective masks are seen in a bin at a laboratory where a fast test for coronavirus is performed, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Frankfurt, Germany, March 31, 2020 - Sputnik International
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Several leading government officials, such as Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock have tested positive for COVID-19. Johnson remains in self-isolation after announcing his diagnosis on March 27, after stating on Friday that he is still displaying symptoms of the disease.

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