Another 684 more people have died in the UK after contracting coronavirus – bringing the total number of deaths to 3,605.
The number of deaths, tallied in the 24 hours up to 5pm on Thursday, marks the largest increase so far, with the previous day recording 569 people.
The Department of Health said as of 9am on Friday, 38,168 people had tested positive for the virus across the UK.
In other coronavirus-related news:
- A healthy Midlands nurse and mum of three who was just 36 has died after contracting coronavirus. Areema Nasreen, who had worked for the NHS for more than 16 years, tested positive for Covid-19. She is reported to have died in the early hours of today.
The Government is today coming under increasing pressure to test more NHS staff for coronavirus – after it emerged just 15 tests-a-day are being carried out at the Royal Stoke.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains unwell with a high temperature seven days after he began self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus. The Prime Minister recorded a video message from his flat in Downing Street asking the public to continue to stay at home – despite a forecast of sunshine and warmer weather this weekend.
A heart-breaking tribute has been paid to a Stoke-on-Trent great-grandad who couldn’t say any goodbyes before he died from coronavirus.
A 51-year-old woman has been charged with spitting at nursing staff at the Royal Stoke Hospital. Staffordshire Police said the woman, from Blurton, has been charged with assaulting an emergency worker and appeared in court on April 1.
She has been remanded into custody to appear again on April 8.
The Prince of Wales has declared NHS Nightingale Hospital London open.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has praised all those involved in the setting up of the NHS Nightingale Hospital at the ExCel centre in east London during a speech at the opening ceremony.
He said the “extraordinary project”, the core of which was completed in just nine days, was a “testament to the work and the brilliance of the many people involved”. He also praised the NHS and the way its staff are dealing with the virus crisis.
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