THE UK’s death toll has increased by 684 to 3,645 in the last 24 hours.
Confirmed cases have also jumped to 38,168 – up 4,450 from yesterday’s total of 33,718.
The number of people testing positive for Covid-19 has been rising by an average of 17 per cent per day – suggesting we are no closer to the “curve” flattening.
This follows Buckingham Palace’s announcement that the Queen has recorded a special broadcast on the outbreak which will be broadcast on Sunday.
Buckingham Palace said: “On Sunday 5th April at 8pm (BST) Her Majesty The Queen will address the UK and the Commonwealth in a televised broadcast.
“As well as on television and radio, The Queen’s address will be shown on The @RoyalFamily ’s social media channels.”
NHS England has also confirmed two more NHS Nightingale hospitals will be opened in Bristol and Harrogate to help in the fight against the outbreak.
The two facilities will provide an extra 1,500 beds to help deal with the coronavirus crisis.
Prince Charles opened the first NHS Nightingale at the ExCel Centre in East London from his Scottish home via video link this morning.
The facility will have 4,000 beds.
Since March 18, 1,496,651 people registered only symptoms in line with Covid-19, while another 243,543 assessments were made through NHS 111 and 999 calls.
However this may not mean each call or web assessment was for a different person.