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Coronavirus news live: UK death toll at 44,650 and Boris urges Brits to go back into work

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Lockdown measures have been relaxed (Picture: BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images)

Another 48 people died in the UK after testing positive for coronavirus, the Department for Health announced on Friday.

Those figures brought the country’s total death toll up to 44,650, covering fatalities in all settings including hospitals, care homes and the wider community.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday that he wants to see the public heading out into the world with more confidence and it is time for people to live their lives ‘more normally’.

He said: ‘I want people to go back to work as carefully as possible. It’s very important that people should be going back to work if they can now.

‘I think everybody has sort of taken the “stay at home if you can” – I think we should now say, well, “go back to work if you can”.

Here, we bring you the live updates on the latest news, developments and guidance on the Covid-19 pandemic.

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