BREAKING NEWS: Record 381 deaths; 3,000 new COVID-19 cases in UK in 24 hours


A couple walks past an upbeat thank you message to the NHS in the the shop windows of Harrods store in central London on March 31, 2020, as life in Britain continues during the nationwide lockdown to combat the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by ISABEL INFANTES/AFP via Getty Images)
A couple walks past an upbeat thank you message to the NHS in the the shop windows of Harrods store in central London on March 31, 2020, as life in Britain continues during the nationwide lockdown to combat the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Photo by ISABEL INFANTES/AFP via Getty Images)

A record 381 COVID-19 deaths have been announced in UK on Tuesday (31) in the past 24 hours, taking the total fatalities to 1,789.

A 19-year-old with no underlying health conditions has also died. The total number of positive cases passed 25,000 with 3,000 more positive tests in 24 hours.

The death toll in England from the coronavirus outbreak rose 29% to 1,651 with one person as young as 19 dying without any underlying health conditions, the National Health Service said.

“Patients were aged between 19 and 98 years old and all but 28 patients (aged between 19 and 91 years old) had underlying health conditions,” it added.

Scotland said 60 people had died as of Tuesday (31). Wales said 69 people had died. Northern Ireland said its toll was 28.

England is the worst-hit country in the UK, with more than 1,600 deaths and 20,000 positive tests

One of today’s victims was just 19 years old and didn’t have any other health conditions, making them the UK’s youngest otherwise-healthy patient to have died.

NHS officials confirmed that the outbreak has grown so large that hospitals no longer have to wait for families’ consent to announce their relatives’ deaths, something they still had to do just weeks ago.