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Coronavirus death toll increases by 710 as UK total now over 10,000

The Coronavirus outbreak continues to claim hundreds of lives as the country spends the Easter weekend in lockdown trying to slow the spread of the deadly virus

The total number of deaths in the UK linked to coronavirus has risen over 10,000.

There have now been 10,647 fatalities reported across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The total figure yesterday stood at 9,937.

Shortly after 2pm NHS England said their death toll had gone up by 657 to 9,594 with the ages of those who died between 26 and 100 years old.

NHS Scotland said there had been 24 more deaths in Scotland, to a total of 566.

And in Wales there have been 18 further deaths reported in the last 24 hours taking that country’s total to 369.

Northern Ireland’s death toll has increased by 11.

This afternoon Prime Minister Boris Johnson was discharged from hospital where he spent six days including a spell in intensive care.

The 55-year-old has been battling coronavirus and he is now set to continue his recovery at Chequers.

He will not return to work immediately. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is currently deputising for him with no official deputy Prime Minister in place.

Johnson tested positive for the virus on March 27.

Boris Johnson, pictured alongside fiancee Carrie Symonds, has been discharged from hospital (Image: Empics Entertainment)

Also today it was confirmed that comedian Tim Brooke-Taylor had died from coronavirus.

A star of 1970s TV comedy series The Goodies he was also a regular panelist on BBC Radio 4’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue for over 40 years. He was 79 years old.

This morning Sir Jeremy Farrar of the Wellcome Trust, which is searching for a Covid-19 vaccine, said ‘the UK is likely to be one of the worst, if not the worst, affected country in Europe’

He accepted it was “inevitable” the UK would “learn lessons” from Germany after Tory ministers’ slow progress on ramping up testing came under fire.

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