April 16, 2020 / 1:39 PM / 3 months ago

UK hospital Covid-19 death toll rises 861 to 13,729

An ambulance passes a banner thanking the NHS in Kensington, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, Britain, April 16, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

LONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom’s death toll from COVID-19 in hospitals rose 861 to 13,729, as of 1600 GMT on April 15, the health ministry said.

It was the biggest daily rise in five days.

“327,608 people have been tested of which 103,093 tested positive,” the health ministry said.

Deaths in English hospitals rose by 740 to 12,396, the national health service said.

“40 of the 740 patients (aged between 45 and 93 years old) had no known underlying health condition,” the health service said. The previous toll was 11,656.

Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton

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