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A further 324 people have died after contracting Covid-19, the Department of Health and Social Care has confirmed, taking the UK’s official coronavirus death toll across all settings to 39,369.
Another 1,653 people have tested positive for the virus, with 277,985 people having now tested positive since the start of the outbreak.
As of 9am 2 June, there have been 4,615,146 tests, with 135,643 tests on 1 June.
277,985 people have tested positive.
As of 5pm on 1 June, of those tested positive for coronavirus, across all settings, 39,369 have sadly died.
People should not be put off seeking urgent NHS care during the coronavirus pandemic, Wales’ health minister has said, while the country’s chief medical officer warned stricter lockdown measures could return in the winter if virus transmissions increase.
Health minister Vaughan Gething said emergency department activity in May across the country was between 25-40% lower than would normally be expected, with attendances by children under 16 having more than halved.
One of the reasons for this will be because the majority of us have been staying at home, and we haven’t seen the same demand for emergency care.
But we do know some people have put off seeking care because they have been worried about going into hospital during the pandemic.