The number of people who have died in UK hospitals after testing positive for coronavirus has risen by six.

NHS England said a further four people have died in England, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals to 29,342.

Patients were aged between 78 and 84 years old and all had known underlying health conditions.

Another five deaths were also reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.

In Scotland there have been no new reported deaths, meaning the total under this measurement remains at 2,491.

Latest figures show there have been 18 new cases of coronavirus recorded in the country in the past 24 hours.

These cases represent 0.5 per cent of newly tested individuals, the Scottish Government said.

There were 260 people in hospital with Covid-19 and three in intensive care.

Meanwhile, Public Health Wales said a further two people have died after testing positive for coronavirus.

This takes the total number of deaths in the country to 1,562.

The number of cases in Wales increased by 21, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 17,279.

Northern Ireland have yet to release their figures.

The numbers released separately by devolved authorities differ from the Government’s official figures, which will be released later today.