THE UK coronavirus death toll has risen by eight today – the lowest Sunday increase since lockdown began.
The Covid-19 death toll rose to 46,201, while there were 744 new cases of the virus.
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The total number of lab-confirmed UK cases of coronavirus is now 304,695.
In England, 41,589 people have died from the virus, while 2,491 have died in Scotland.
In Northern Ireland, 556 coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded, while the total in Wales is 1,565.
England has 262,746 total recorded cases, while Scotland has 18,676.
Wales has 17,315 recorded Covid-19 cases and Northern Ireland has 5,948.
Yesterday, deaths in the UK rose by 74 with 771 new cases within 24 hours.
Four people who tested positive for coronavirus died in hospital in England yesterday, NHS England said.
Patients were aged between 78 and 84 years old and all had known underlying health conditions.
Another five deaths were reported with no positive Covid-19 test result.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he was introducing the clampdown for 4.5million people with a “heavy heart” but was chilled by soaring infection rates in Northern England.
And he said the spread in nine areas – including the cities of Manchester and Bradford – was “largely due to households meeting and not abiding by social distancing rules”.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Brits needed to remain vigilant, saying: “With those numbers creeping up, our assessment is that we should now squeeze that brake pedal in order to keep the virus under control.
“We must keep our focus and we can’t be complacent.”