For the second day in a row the country recorded its biggest daily increases in both infection and death tolls.
During a Covid-19 daily briefing on Tuesday, Cabinet Minister Michael Gove blamed the low testing numbers on a shortage of the vital chemical reagent. The Department for Health and Social Care's figures only account for deaths that occurred in hospital.
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Asked if he would be leaving self-isolation on Friday, the spokesman said: "We're following the guidelines from Public Health England and from the chief medical officer which state that you need to self-isolate for a period of seven days, so no change in that".
The UK's reluctance to only test hospital patients and not tens of thousands of citizens with mild symptoms has led the ONS to believe that the true death toll of the coronavirus outbreak in the UK could be 24 per cent higher than NHS figures show.
The patients were aged between 22 and 100 years old, with 44 of those 561, who were aged between 25 and 100 years old, having no known underlying health condition.
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The number of COVID-19 fatalities previously stood at 1,789.
On Monday, the chief executive of NHS England Sir Simon Stevens said, there had been nearly a 50% rise in a few days in the number of people being treated for coronavirus across England's hospitals.
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