More than 7,900 people have now sadly died from coronavirus in the UK.
The latest figures, released this evening (April 9) by the Department for Health and Social Care, show that a total of 7,978 people have died from the virus – a huge jump of 881 in 24 hours.
The toll was updated after England recorded another 765 deaths. Scotland reported 81 deaths, while 41 were recorded in Wales and four in Northern Ireland.
The combined figure from the four nations comes to 891, which is slightly higher than the number – 881 – later released by the government this afternoon. The government has said this difference is because each devolved authority often makes amendments to their own data after reporting deaths to the Department of Health (DoH) each day.
The latest figures emerged as Downing Street said Boris Johnson’s condition ‘continues to improve’ in intensive care where he has spent three nights being treated for coronavirus.