Another 684 people have died in the UK after contracting coronavirus – bringing the total number of deaths to 3,605.
The day-on-day increase is the biggest yet with 38,168 positive tests now confirmed too.
Two nurses Areema Nasreen and Aimee O’Rourke, both mothers-of-three in their 30s, have died from the virus.
It comes after the NHS warned that the infection levels and the high national death toll will continue to rise for several weeks.
This morning, it was revealed that it is believed coronavirus took its first life in the UK earlier than previously thought – with a death as early as February, rather than March.
NHS England said the country’s first death happened on February 28, almost a week before it was announced, according to a report.
Health trusts in England now say six people died in hospitals from Covid-19 as early as February – with the first death previously made public on March 5, reports The Mirror.
It comes after discrepancies were reported in NHS figures, such as when 159 deaths were reported on March 30, only for the NHS to later change the figure to 401.