Coronavirus UK LIVE: Death toll hits 33,998 after 384 more fatalities as R rate rises

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CORONAVIRUS deaths in the UK have increased to 33,998 after 384 more fatalities were recorded in the last 24 hours.

A total of 236,711 people have now tested positive for Covid-19 across the UK – up 3,560 cases from yesterday.

New data released today reveals the coronavirus “R” infection rate has also risen.

Experts fear Covid-19’s reproduction number has gone up from between 0.5 and 0.9 to 0.7 and 1 in some parts of the country.

It comes just days after some of the lockdown measures were eased.

Boris Johnson urged those who can’t do their jobs from home to return to work in Sunday’s address to the nation.

But the experts say the small increase in the R value isn’t believed to be linked as it’s too soon to show up in the data.

Instead, they think as the total number of cases in the community is falling, it leaves the number in care homes and hospitals accounting for a greater proportion of the total.

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