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UK coronavirus hospital deaths have increased by 355 today.
A further 307 patients have died in England, 29 in Scotland, 16 in Wales and three in Northern Ireland.
The 355 deaths reported today is around a third less than the 513 hospital fatalities announced last Saturday.
The Midlands reported the most hospital deaths in England today, with 69 fatalities.
It was followed by the 59 deaths in the north-west, 53 in the north-east and Yorkshire, 45 in London, 38 in the east, 32 in the south-east and 11 in the south-west.
One of the latest patients to die was just 16-years-old, the NHS said.
The latest figures come as Boris Johnson prepares to announce his lockdown roadmap on Monday, with schools set to fully reopen on March 8.
The government also says care home residents will be able to hold a visitor’s hand from March 8.
It comes as scientists asses a super-fast coronavirus test for the government amid hopes it will help lift restrictions.
The speedy test is reportedly set to play a key part in the reopening of schools, followed by restaurants, pubs, clubs and live events, reports claim.
The lateral flow test developed by Yorkshire firm Avacta is believed to offer a higher accuracy than American tests currently being imported to the UK from biotech firm, Innova.
Innova tests offer a result time of around 30 minutes, while the UK basted Avacta test reportedly delivers a result between five and 10 minutes.
It is also reportedly set to play a huge part in the reopening of theatres, cinemas and sports stadiums – currently dubbed “Operation Moonshot”, reports the Huffington Post.
The government is understood to be in the final states of assessment of the test at its Porton Down lab.
Mr Johnson is expected to give more details on schools when he sets out his roadmap out of lockdown on Monday – but he has pencilled in March 8 as the date for the return to the classroom.
The Prime Minister wants schools to be the first thing to reopen when restrictions begin to ease to prevent further disruption to children’s education.
But no decisions have been made on whether all year groups will return at the same time or whether primaries and secondaries could be staggered, he said on Monday.
Schools have been closed since England was plunged into a third national lockdown in January, with only the children of key workers and vulnerable youngsters attending in person.
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