United Kingdom records another 4,040 coronavirus cases, 56 deaths

This figure is higher than that released by the Department of Health which includes fatalities who tested positive for Covid in the 28 days prior to their death.

In England, some 54.7% of people in private households are likely to have tested positive for the antibodies in the week to 14 March, according to the latest estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

So far, 30,151,287 people have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in the United Kingdom, and more than 4.3 million confirmed cases of the virus have been reported since the start of the pandemic.

There is typically an increase in reported deaths on Tuesdays as weekend updates are added in.

A total of 150,116 deaths have now occurred in the United Kingdom where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

There were 963 deaths registered in the week ending 19 March where COVID-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, the ONS said.

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A total of 41,953 care home residents in England and Wales have now had Covid-19 recorded on their death certificate since the pandemic began.

Patients were aged between 15 and 91 and all except one had known underlying health conditions, although NHS England was unable to provide information about the age of that patient.

No deaths have been reported in London due to Covid-19 for the second time this year, official figures show.

Meanwhile, 3,384 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the total since the beginning of the pandemic to almost 3.9 million.

Deaths that occurred in the most recent week of reporting - the week to March 19 - are still being registered.

There were also 12 further Covid deaths reported in Scotland, which has a death toll that now stands at 7,596. There are six confirmed variant cases and 154 screening positive. The total number of cases in the nation rose by 411 bringing the total number to 217,890.

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