April 28, 2020 / 4:19 PM / a month ago

UK coronavirus hospital death toll rises by 586 to 21,678

Medical staff test a person at a coronavirus test centre in the car park of Chessington World of Adventures, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, Chessington, Britain, April 28, 2020 REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

LONDON (Reuters) - The death toll from COVID-19 in British hospitals rose by 586 to 21,678 as of 1600 GMT on Monday, health secretary Matt Hancock said.

He added that Britain would publish data on deaths in care homes and in the community every day from Wednesday. Previously these figures were published by the Office for National Statistics with a lag of more than a week.

Reporting by Andy Bruce; editing by Stephen Addison

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