A further 684 people have died in the UK after contracting coronavirus – bringing the total number of deaths to 3,605.
Public Health England said 11,764 tests were carried out on Thursday in England, while testing capacity for inpatient care in the country currently stands at 12,799 tests per day.
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:
– Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will make a rare televised address to the nation regarding the on-going coronavirus pandemic over the weekend.
Buckingham Palace has confirmed the address – which will be the fourth the Queen has made during crisis or grief – will be broadcast to the nation at 8pm on Sunday (April 5).
– A resident at a Stoke-on-Trent care home has tested positive for coronavirus.
Scotia Heights Nursing Home, in Tunstall, has confirmed it is in regular contact with the resident’s family after their loved-one was struck down with the deadly virus.
It comes after two North Staffordshire care homes – Bradwell Hall Nursing Home, in Bradwell, and Beech Lodge Nursing Home, in Cheadle – were hit with confirmed coronavirus cases in the past fortnight.
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