UK Covid-19 cases rise by 338 to take the number of deaths from the disease above 36,000

By Ben Fitzgerald - 21 May 2020


Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed that 338 more Covid-19 positive patients have died of the virus since yesterday, taking the total of confirmed coronavirus deaths to 36,042 since the outbreak began.

Speaking at the daily government briefing he said that there were 128,340 more tests carried out yesterday with a further 2,615 people having tested positive. 

9,543 people are in hospital with the virus - a 14% fall from the same time last week. 

Hancock announced that a new swab test - which can confirm the presence of coronavirus within 20 minutes - is being trialled. 

He said that 10 million Roche antibody tests will be available in the next few months - becoming available from next week.

In Swindon local authority area, there are currently 448 patients who have tested positive for Covid-19 and in Wiltshire there are 515.

As of 9am on 21 May, there have been 3,090,566 tests, with 128,340 tests on 20 May.

2,064,329 people have been tested, of which 250,908 tested positive.

As of 5pm on 20 May, of those tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, 36,042 have died. This new figure includes deaths in all settings, not just in hospitals. The equivalent figure under the old measure would have been 29,221.

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