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Another 155 people in the UK have died after testing positive for coronavirus, bringing the official death toll to 43,730.

As of 5pm yesterday a total of 9,426,631 tests for Covid-19 had been carried out in the UK, of which 312,654 were positive, the Department of Health said.

A further 689 people tested positive for the virus in the past 24 hours.

Scottish health officials said earlier on Tuesday that three people had died with coronavirus in the country, marking the first day in five in which deaths were recorded. The new deaths meant total fatalities linked to the virus stood at 2,485. Ten more people tested positive, bringing total cases to 18,251.

Hospital staff (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Meanwhile three people also died in Wales after testing positive for Covid-19, taking the total number of deaths to 1,510. The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Wales increased by 24 to 15,743.

The new figures come after Leicester became the first UK city to go back into lockdown following a spike of coronavirus cases in the region.

Matt Hancock announced on Monday that the current social-distancing measures would be extended in Leicester for at least two weeks while rules are relaxed in the rest of the UK.

The Heath Secretary said that the Covid-19 transmission rate was three times higher in Leicester than the next in a UK city.

It is the first place in the UK to face a local lockdown with non-essential shops being told to once again close, while schools will shut to most pupils from Thursday.

Footage taken on Tuesday show streets in the city empty with only a few cars on the road as the new measures kick in.

Meanwhile, local leaders have criticised the slow response from the Government and Public Health England (PHE) in sharing case and testing data in Leicester.

Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said he had been trying “for weeks” to access data on the level of testing in the city and was only given access last Thursday.