The number of patients dying in UK hospitals after contracting Covid-19 has increased by 23.
Health officials confirmed this afternoon that 20 people have died in England and three in Wales.
There have been no deaths in Scotland while Northern Ireland has not yet released its daily number.
Those who died in England were between 43 and 96 years old, the NHS said in a statement that brought the total number of confirmed deaths reported in hospitals to 29,891.
The patients were between 43 and 96 years old and all had known underlying diseases.
The deaths ranged from April 3 to September 25. Four more deaths were reported without a positive Covid-19 test result.
The numbers are usually lower on weekends and Mondays due to delays in recording deaths. No further deaths related to Covid-19 have been reported in Scotland.
The total number of deaths in the country remains at 2,510. There are 99 people in the hospital who have been confirmed to have the virus within 24 hours at ten.
Of these patients, 11 were in the intensive care unit, as they were the day before.
According to government advisors, the rate of coronavirus transmission across the UK could now be as high as 1.5.
The Government’s Scientific Advisory Group on Emergencies (SAGE) has estimated that the R-number is between 1.2 and 1.5.
This is a big jump from the previous weeks when it was thought to be between 1.1 and 1.4. The R-rate shows how many people can be infected with the virus from a single person.
There is now “widespread growth of the epidemic across the country,” the group said.