THE UK coronavirus death toll has risen to 769 after 191 more deaths were recorded since last night.
A further 168 people died in England while eight died in Scotland, six died in Wales and three died in Northern Ireland – six other deaths were also recorded overnight.
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The youngest person to die in England was just 29 years old – and four of the patients had no underlying health conditions.
Today's death toll is the UK's biggest 24 hour increase so far – up from yesterday's jump of 113.
It comes as 14,579 are infected with Covid-19 in Britain – an increase of 2,921 since yesterday.
The Department of Health have so far said 759 people have died – but could only tally up the figures until 5pm yesterday.
The total number of deaths announced by health authorities in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, however, adds up to 769.
Today, Nicola Sturgeon said today that the number of people who had tested positive for Covid-19 in Scotland had risen by 165 from Thursday's total, from 894 to 1059.
The First Minister added that 72 patients with coronavirus symptoms are in intensive care units, while Scotland's chief medical officer Catherine Calderwood estimated more than 65,000 Scots will currently have the bug.
In Scotland, the total number of people to have died from coronavirus now sits at 33, while in England the death toll is 689.
Northern Ireland recorded three more deaths today, bringing its total death toll to 13.
Public Health Wales recorded an additional six deaths in Wales, bringing the country's total to 34.
In Gwent, South Wales, the number of fatalities is said to be "mirroring Italy," as the region records 358 cases so far – the highest concentration of confirmed infections per 100,000 people outside London and almost half of Wales' total cases.
It comes as both the Prime Minister and the Health Secretary test positive for the deadly bug.
A Downing Street spokesperson said: “After experiencing mild symptoms yesterday, the Prime Minister was tested for coronavirus on the personal advice of England’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty.
“The test was carried out in No 10 by NHS staff and the result of the test was positive.
“In keeping with the guidance, the Prime Minister is self-isolating in Downing Street."
Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced just hours later that he too had the virus.
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