The Government said 46,193 people had died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Friday, up by 74 from the day before.
Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been more than 56,400 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.
The Government also said that in the 24-hour period up to 9am on Saturday, there had been a further 771 lab-confirmed cases. Overall, a total of 303,952 cases have been confirmed.
A further four people who tested positive for coronavirus have died in hospital in England, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals to 29,342, NHS England said.
Patients were aged between 78 and 84 years old and all had known underlying health conditions.
Another five deaths were reported where there had been no positive Covid-19 test result but where coronavirus is documented as a direct or underlying cause of death on the death certificate.
The number of deaths of patients with Covid-19 by region of England are as follows:
East of England 1
North East & Yorkshire 0
North West 0
South East 2
South West 0
Elsewhere, Scotland has recorded an increase in the number of coronavirus deaths registered during the last week – but the figure has remained in single digits.
Between July 20 and 26, there were eight instances when Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, according to figures from the National Records of Scotland (NRS).
Six deaths last week marked the lowest number since the week beginning March 16, when 11 such deaths were registered.
The rise comes after 13 consecutive weeks of the figures falling, with the overall death toll in Scotland as of July 26 at 4,201.
Deaths involving Covid-19 accounted for 1% of all deaths registered between July 20 and 26.
This is compared with the peak three months ago in week 17 – April 20 to 26 – when Covid-19 deaths accounted for 36 per cent of the total.
Care homes and hospitals both accounted for 46% of the deaths registered, a drop from 50 per cent each last week, with the remaining 7 per cent at home or non-institutional settings.
The NRS figures are published weekly and account for all fatalities registered in Scotland when Covid-19 is mentioned on the death certificate.
They differ from the lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths announced daily by the Scottish Government using Health Protection Scotland (HPS) figures because they include suspected or probable cases of Covid-19.
Before Wednesday, no deaths related to coronavirus had been announced in the daily update for the previous 13 days.
Pete Whitehouse, NRS director of statistical services, said: “Today’s figures show eight more deaths due to Covid-19, a figure similar to last week and one which is significantly lower than the peak week in mid-April when 661 Covid-19 related deaths were registered.”