Another 568 more people have died in the UK after contracting coronavirus – bringing the total number of deaths to 2,921.
The Department of Health also said that, as of 9am on Thursday, a total of 163,194 people have been tested of which 33,718 tested positive.
Public Health England said 10,657 tests were carried out in England on Wednesday and testing capacity for inpatient care in England currently stands at 12,799 tests per day.
The number of people who have died in Wales after contracting coronavirus is 117, a rise of 19, health officials said.
A total of 126 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for coronavirus, up by 50 from 76 on Wednesday. 2,602 people have now tested positive for the virus in Scotland.
The Prime Minister’s spokesman said the NHS had sufficient ventilators to meet the demand it is currently facing from the increase in coronavirus patients.
“We continue to have capacity to meet the increased demands which the NHS is experiencing. We have capacity both in terms of ventilators and intensive care,” he said.
In other coronavirus-related news:
- Downing Street has said that 2,800 NHS staff have now been tested for the coronavirus at drive-in testing facilities.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said that in addition a “significant number” had been tested at NHS and Public Health England laboratories.
The spokesman said that Health Secretary Matt Hancock will be setting out plans for a significant increase in the testing programme.
- Immunity certificates to identify people who have had coronavirus are being considered by the Government, Downing Street has suggested. The PM’s spokesman said: “This is something which has been discussed in other countries.
“We have always said that we are watching closely what other countries are doing and we will always look to learn from ideas which could be helpful.”
Morrisons staff will see a £1,050 windfall this year as the supermarket promised to triple its bonuses as workers toil to keep up with a huge upswing in demand caused by the coronavirus.
All staff on the front line will get a 6% bonus on top of their earnings for the next 12 months – the equivalent of more than £1,000 for full-time employees.
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