CORONAVIRUS deaths in the United Kingdom have now reached 1,408 after 180 more were announced today.

The figure marks a drop in the rate of increase from yesterday, when 209 died as a result of Covid-19.

Department of Health has so far recorded 22,141 positive Covid-19 cases in Britain.

Today’s figure marks the first time the daily increase in deaths has fallen for two consecutive days and has dropped from 260 on Saturday, the worst day in the crisis so far.

At least four of those who died had not pre-existing medical conditions, the Department of Health said.

England has now seen 1284 deaths from the coronavirus, Wales 62, Scotland 41 and Northern Ireland 21.

New figures also show here has been almost a 50 per cent rise in just a few days in the number of people being treated for coronavirus in England’s hospitals, according to new figures.

Sir Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said on Friday that more than 6,200 patients were in hospital with Covid-19.

But on Monday, he said this figure had jumped to more than 9,000.