CORONAVIRUS deaths in the UK have risen to 41,504 after three more people lost their lives to the disease.
A further 1,295 people have tested positive for Covid-19 – bringing the total to 337,168.
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This number is above the Government's crucial target threshold of 1,000 new cases a day but could be due to more testing being carried out.
The latest number of deaths comes after two people were killed by the bug yesterday – raising hopes Britain may soon see its first day without a fatality since early March.
It comes as:
- Millions of pupils returned to school today under strict coronavirus guidelines
- Boris Johnson warned there would be more "wretched Covid" to come
- Experts have warned abdominal pain could be a sign of the disease
- An outbreak at an Asda in the West Midlands has seen eight staff tested positive
- Bolton has been hit with a "sudden" coronavirus spike days before lockdown eases
In England today, nine people were killed by the disease – bringing the total number of deaths in hospital in the country to 29,563.
The latest victims were aged between 71 and 92 – with all but one having underlying medical conditions.
Wales suffered one further death – with their total now at 1,596.
While Scotland suffered no new deaths with the total number of deaths remaining at 2,494.
The discrepancy in the figures is based on when they were recorded.
Those in England were recorded from August 6 to August 31, with the majority on or after August 26.
And the Department of Health figures for the whole of the UK take into account deaths that occurred outside hospitals, for example in care homes and other settings
The latest death toll comes as millions of kids returned to school today – many for the first time in six months.
Pupils were faced with strict coronavirus rules as they re-entered the classroom this morning.
Some were asked to wear face masks on corridors and communal areas with students kept in bubbles of classes and even year groups.
And many will have staggered start and finish times to discourage meeting pals in other years, and will have breaks at different times too.
Four in ten schools in England will welcome back pupils for the autumn term today, with the rest reopening later this week.
Some 97 per cent of schools are ready to reopen fully in the next few days.
But parents who keep their children home will face fines for doing so, it was confirmed today.
Boris today hailed the efforts of teachers getting kids back in.
He said: "As everybody knows this is the first day back for all of us but across the country hundreds and thousands, millions of pupils are going back to school thanks to the huge efforts of their teachers, their parents have made over the last few days and weeks."
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