LONDON (Reuters) - England’s hospital death toll from the coronavirus has risen by 758 to 5,655, the health service said on Tuesday, representing a re-acceleration in the count of fatalities.
Twenty-nine of the latest victims had no known underlying health condition and the ages of those who died ranged between 23 and 102.
Tuesday’s total represented a faster pace of increase than the 403 new deaths announced on Monday, which was down from Sunday’s figure.
An official with the National Health Service said the jump from Monday probably reflected the slower confirmation of deaths caused by coronavirus over the weekend, a pattern seen in the previous week too.
The daily updates of the death toll in English hospitals include backdated changes for people who died in previous days but were not immediately registered as coronavirus victims.
Separate data from Britain’s official statistics office published earlier on Tuesday showed the majority of coronavirus deaths in England in the week ending March 27 occurred in hospitals.
Only 38 of 539 coronavirus deaths recorded during that week occurred at home, in a care home, hospice or elsewhere, the data from the Office for National Statistics showed.
Reporting by Kate Holton, Guy Faulconbridge and William Schomberg; editing by Stephen Addison