The UK’s official coronavirus death toll has lifted by 89 in 24 hours to stand at a tragic 43,995.
The figures were released roughly five hours later than normal this evening.
The government faced criticism after Education Secretary Gavin Williamson did not read out the latest figures in tonight’s briefing – the first since the conferences were scrapped.
Ministers ordinarily read out the death toll in the daily coronavirus press briefings, and released them before 5pm.
The figures have been shared by the Department of Health and Social Care tonight (DHSC).
It comes ahead of Saturday, July 4 restrictions easing in England which will allow pubs and restaurants to reopen, and services like hairdressers to resume trading.
Also this week, Leicester became the first UK region to go into a local lockdown measures.
It said as of 9am on Thursday, July 2, 283,757 people have tested positive for the virus.
As of 5pm yesterday, of those tested positive for coronavirus, across all settings including hospitals, care homes and the wider community, 43,995 have died.
Last Thursday the death toll rose by 149, on June 25, and it lifted by 135 on June 18.
No official announcement was made on the late figures, and the DHSC also said the number of people tested for the virus was unavailable.
A note on an official statistics webpage said data across all settings including hospitals, care homes and the community, would be merged from today, adding: “We are working to make the data available as soon as possible.”
LBC host Eddie Mair was among those to remark on the glaring omission earlier following Mr Williamson’s briefing, noting ministers used to announce the nation was ‘mourning’ for those lost as they read out the daily death toll.
The broadcaster told listeners the government should show it “gives a damn” by acknowledging those who had died.
The latest official death toll records deaths across all settings including hospitals, care homes, and the wider community.
However Britain’s true virus death toll has topped 54,000, according to figures released in mid-June by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
New ONS figures released today found around one in 2,200 people in England have Covid-19.
The data was based on analysis of swab tests from more than 23,000 people.
It found that around 25,000 people in England had Covid-19 at any given time between June 14 and June 27.
The data looks at infection rates in the community only, and does not include care homes and hospitals, or other institutions.