The UK’s coronavirus death toll has risen by 67 in 24 hours to 44,198, according to the latest government figures.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said 44,198 people had now died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for the disease in the UK, as of 5pm on Friday 3 July.
This tally only accounts for those who have tested positive for Covid-19. The latest Office for National Statistics figures, which includes all fatalities in which Covid-19 is on the death certificate, suggests the true toll is above 55,000.
The DHSC also said in the 24-hour period up to 9am on 4 July, 624 new infections were confirmed. Overall, a total of 7,932,582 tests have been processed, while 284,900 people in the UK have tested positive for Covid-19.