The UK coronavirus death toll including fatalities in care homes in hospitals has this afternoon reached 31,855 - an increase of 269.

It is the smallest such increase since March 29 but figures often drop over a weekend.

The figure for total deaths issued on Saturday was reduced by one after Northern Ireland removed a previously reported death from its statistics, the Department of Health said.

But the number of deaths involving Covid-19 that have been registered across the UK currently stands at 33,021.

This includes 29,710 deaths that occurred in England and Wales up to April 24 (and which had been registered up to May 2), according to the Office for National Statistics.

Boris Johnson will address the nation this evening

Today's figures from NHS England show that a further 3,782 hospital patients who had tested positive for Covid-19 died between April 25 and May 9 - which, together with the total figure of 33,021 registered deaths, suggests the overall death toll for the UK has now passed 36,800.

Today leaders of all the devolved nations in the UK have rejected Boris Johnson's new "stay alert" advice in favour of keeping the "stay at home" message in the fight against coronavirus amid criticism that the new slogan is unclear.

The Prime Minister was dropping his stricter message as he prepared to unveil his plans to ease the lockdown in a broadcast to the nation this evening.

The country continues to grapple with a pandemic that claims hundreds of lives every day

He is now telling the public to "stay at home as much as possible", keep two metres apart when going out and "limit contact" with other people.

But the Government's efforts to maintain a unified UK-wide response to the pandemic seemed to be in jeopardy as the devolved administrations rejected his message.

The leaders of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland said they had not been consulted over the "stay alert, control the virus and save lives" slogan.

Opposition politicians and a scientist advising the Government criticised the new message and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the first she had heard of "the PM's new slogan" was in newspaper reports.

After a Cobra meeting with the PM and devolved leaders, Ms Sturgeon told the Westminster Government not to deploy the stay alert message north of the border, warning the "vague and imprecise" slogan could be "catastrophic".

The First Minister said she does not know what "stay alert means", adding: "Presumably we all live our lives in normal times staying alert to danger.