April 24, 2020 / 2:25 PM / a month ago

UK coronavirus death toll in hospital rises to 19,506

Women wearing face masks speak to eachother, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, at North End Road in London, Britain, April 24, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - The death toll from the new coronavirus in hospitals across the United Kingdom has risen to 19,506, an increase of 684 in 24 hours, the latest data from the health ministry showed on Friday.

The country now has 143,464 confirmed cases of the virus, up 5,386 in a day.

The deaths figures are as of 5 p.m. (1600 GMT) on Thursday, while the test data is as of 9 a.m. (0800 GMT) on Friday.

Reporting by Estelle Shirbon, Editing by Kylie MacLellan

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