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A further 151 people have died in the UK after contracting coronavirus, official figures show.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said 41,279 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Wednesday.

A further 1,266 people have also tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections to 291,409.

The data for the number of people tested has been “temporarily paused”.

Overall, a total of 6,240,801 tests have been carried out.

The Government figures do not include all deaths involving Covid-19 across the UK, which is thought to have passed 52,000.

In Wales, a further six people have died, taking the total number of deaths to 1,425, while the total cases increased by 63 to 14,581, Public Health Wales said.

In Scotland, a total of 2,439 patients have died, up by five from 2,434 on Wednesday, Nicola Sturgeon said.

The First Minister told the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing 15,682 people have tested positive for the virus in Scotland, up by 17 from 15,665 the previous day.

One further person with coronavirus has died in Northern Ireland, taking the death toll to 538.

There have been four new confirmed cases of the virus, bring the total since the outbreak began to 4,822.