LONDON (Reuters) – The COVID-19 death toll in English hospitals rose 778 to 15,607, the health service said on Tuesday.

The rise is one of the steepest daily rises in nearly two weeks, according to NHS data.

“24 of the 778 patients (aged between 49 and 91 years old) had no known underlying health condition,” the health service said.

The United Kingdom’s death toll is due to be released shortly.

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton)

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