A record number of people in the U.K. were reported to have died from the coronavirus in 24 hours, denting hopes the spread of the disease is slowing, daily figures from the Department of Health and Social Care show.
A further 786 people died from the virus, the department said. In total, 55,242 people have tested positive for the disease in the U.K.
The new figures come as Prime Minister Boris Johnson battles the disease in the intensive care ward of a London hospital. The country’s foreign minister Dominic Raab has been deputized in Johnson’s absence.
Meanwhile, another senior minister, Michael Gove, said he is self-isolating without symptoms, after a member of his household started to develop signs of the disease.