CORONAVIRUS fatalities in the UK have risen to 33,614 after 428 more deaths were recorded the last 24 hours.

A total of 233,151 people have now tested positive for the bug across Britain – up 3,446 from yesterday.

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Today's death toll refers to those who have died in all settings – including care homes, hospices and the wider community.

The latest rise in deaths confirmed by the Department of Health is smaller than it was yesterday, when 494 more deaths were logged.

It's the lowest number of deaths recorded on Thursday in the UK for the last seven weeks.

Today's figure is also half the number of deaths recorded each day during the peak of the outbreak.

In England, the total number of Covid-19 deaths rose to 24,160 today – up from 207 yesterday.

In Scotland, a total of 2,007 patients have died after testing positive for coronavirus – up by 34 from yesterday.

In Wales, 10 more deaths were recorded overnight, bringing the overall tally there to 1,164.

There have been five more deaths in Northern Ireland, bringing their death toll to 454.

New analysis published yesterday, however, suggests the overall death toll from the virus is far higher – and has already passed 40,000.

The alternative toll, tallied up by the Office for National Statistics, refers to all deaths where Covid-19 was mentioned on death certificates this year until the beginning of May, including suspected cases.

It comes as pensioners are 34 times more likely to die of the coronavirus than their younger counterparts, new figures have shown.

The Office for National Statistics claims most victims of the Covid-19 crisis have been in the over-65s category, accounting for 30,978 fatalities.

Around 12 per cent of Covid-19 deaths have occurred in those who are under the age of 65, accounting for 4,066 deaths.

When it comes to people in the under-65 category, those who are still of a working age, the figures revealed that there have been 8.4 deaths per 100,000 people.

This is in contrast to the over-65 group where there have been 286 deaths per 100,000.

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