COVID-19: UK death toll hits 30,076

The official UK death toll has topped 30,000 after a further 649 deaths were announced today.
As of 5pm on Tuesday the number of deaths recorded in hospitals, care homes and the wider community hit 30,076, up from 29,427 the day before.
It comes as the number of tests again failed to meet the Government’s 100,000 daily target, with just 69,463 conducted on Tuesday.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick told the Downing Street press conference 201,101 people have tested positive, an increase of 6,111 cases since Tuesday.
Despite this increase, the Government is to drop its “Stay Home” message this weekend after Public Health England told councils to prepare to remove the slogan from websites this weekend.
Communications teams in local government have been told to expect a “transition to a new phase of the campaign”.

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