LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s COVID-19 death toll has risen by 626 to 31,241, according to figures announced on Friday by Environment Secretary George Eustice.

The figures, collated by government agency Public Health England and equivalents in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, comprise deaths in all settings following positive coronavirus tests and cover the period up to 1600 GMT on Thursday.

(Reporting by Andrew MacAskill and Guy Faulconbridge)