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UK coronavirus death toll rises by 282 to 36,675, Grant Shapps announces

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The UK's Covid-19 death toll has risen to 36,675, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed.

It is a rise of 282 since yesterday, figures from the Department of Health show.

Earlier today the UK's hospital death toll passed 29,500, with a 12-year-old child among the latest casualties.

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In the 24-hour period up to 9am on Saturday, 116,585 tests were carried out or dispatched, with 2,959 positive results.

Overall a total of 3,348,507 tests have been carried out and 257,154 cases have been confirmed positive.

Mr Shapps said the government will be working with businesses to find "creative" ways of reopening businesses while maintaining social distancing.

Grant Shapps wearing a suit and tie: Grant Shapps has defended the PM's advisor © 10 Downing Street/AFP via Getty Grant Shapps has defended the PM's advisor

Mr Shapps has announced that British Transport Police will be given £1.5 million of additional funding to boost the number of officers at railway stations in London.

He said: "Extra boots on the ground working closely with station staff will help manage crowding, provide clear guidance and ensure passengers have the space to maintain social distancing.

"However, the key message remains that people should only go to work if they cannot work from home, and should avoid public transport if possible to ease pressure on the network.

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"Those who need to use it should avoid rush hour, maintain social distancing wherever possible and respect others.

"We have published clear guidance urging passengers to first consider walking and cycling, backed by £2 billion - the biggest ever Government boost for cyclists and pedestrians."

It comes as the government faces questions over its defence of controversial aide Dominic Cummings.

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Downing Street and police are at odds over whether Cummings was spoken to by officers over his 250 mile trip in spite of government advice.

Number 10 has come out fighting, claiming that "at no point" was the controversial advisor approached by officers over allegations he'd broken lockdown rules.

It followed an earlier statement by Durham Constabulary saying the opposite.

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Cummings has admitted driving more than 250 miles to a home near his family - despite the government's own rules telling people to stay at home.

But he has claimed he "behaved reasonably and legally", and cabinet members have defended his actions on social media.

a man wearing sunglasses: Dominic Cummings leaves his home in London this morning © AFP via Getty Images Dominic Cummings leaves his home in London this morning

Durham Constabulary said in a statement on Friday that officers contacted the owners of a property on March 31, more than a week after the lockdown had been imposed by the PM, when they were made aware of reports that an individual had travelled from London.

Speaking on Friday, a spokesman for the force said: "On Tuesday, March 31, our officers were made aware of reports that an individual had travelled from London to Durham and was present at an address in the city.

"Officers made contact with the owners of that address, who confirmed that the individual in question was present and was self-isolating in part of the house.

"In line with national policing guidance, officers explained to the family the arrangements around self-isolation guidelines and reiterated the appropriate advice around essential travel."

The force declined to update its statement after the Downing St comment.

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Stay at home as much as possible to stop coronavirus spreading - here is the latest government guidance. If you think you have the virus, don't go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and get advice online. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In parts of Wales where 111 isn't available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. In Scotland, anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days. In Northern Ireland, call your GP.

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