UK coronavirus death toll soars to 465 as 41 die in 24 hours
The UK's coronavirus death toll has surged to 465, with 41 dying in the last 24 hours.
NHS England has tonight announced that 28 people – aged between 47 and 93– have died in England since its last figure yesterday.
It comes after Scotland recorded another six deaths, while five more people died in Wales and two more in Northern Ireland.
There are now 414 deaths in England, 22 in Scotland, 22 in Wales and seven in Northern Ireland.
Just yesterday, 87 more deaths had been recorded in just 24 hours in the biggest leap yet.
The sobering figures come after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced more than 400,000 Brits have signed up as volunteers for the NHS to help in the fight against Covid-19.
The Prime Minister, speaking at his daily press conference from 10 Downing Street, said he wanted to offer a "special thank you to everyone who has now volunteered to help."
Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty also told the press conference that testing kits which will allow people to find out if they have had the virus will become available in the coming days.
However, he added the tests would need to be vetted by top medics first this week adding "it is better to have no test than a bad test".
Daily Star Online had reported earlier how the government said the finger-prick home testing kits could be rolled out in Boots stores and on Amazon "within days".
It also emerged today that Prince Charles, 71, has tested positive for coronavirus after showing "mild symptoms" over the weekend.
Clarence House said the Prince of Wales remains in "good health" and is staying with his wife Camilla at their Scottish residence Balmoral.
Camilla has also been tested for Covid-19 and the results came back negative. She is now self-isolating separately to Charles at their home.
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Yesterday it was announced London's ExCeL centre will be converted into a new NHS hospital comprising of 8,000 beds.
It was also revealed that 11,788 recently retired NHS staff will return to the front line to help tackle coronavirus.
The news comes after Mr Johnson declared a UK-wide lockdown on Monday, ordering Brits to stay indoors.
People are no longer allowed out of their homes unless for essential shopping, medical needs, exercise or work.
Mr Johnson also ordered all non-essential shops to close down, leaving only supermarkets, pharmacies, newsagents, pet shops, hardware stores, banks, post offices and petrol stations open.
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