AGENCIES, London: Britain reported 563 daily coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, the first time the national toll has exceeded 500, bringing the total fatalities to 2,352, according to official figures.
The figure also represented its biggest single-day spike of coronavirus toll in the country.
“As of 5pm (1600 GMT) on 31 March, of those hospitalised in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 2,352 have sadly died,” the health ministry said on its official Twitter page.
Some 29,474 people have now tested positive, an increase of 4,324 over the previous day, it added.
It took 17 days for the number in the UK to pass 200, and has taken a further 11 days to pass 2,000.
The number of people tested in the UK for coronavirus has passed 150,000. The total by 9am on April 1 was 152,979.
On average around 8,000 new people were tested a day in the seven days up to April 1. In the previous seven days the daily average was around 5,800.
The latest virus positive tests mark an increase of nearly 20,000 confirmed cases in the UK in just one week.
Britain locked down last week in an attempt to combat the virus, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who himself has tested positive, warned that it would “get worse before it gets better”.
On Tuesday, a video of Prince Charles discussing his recovery and how coronavirus pandemic is affecting older members of the community was posted on social media by Clarence House.
“Having recently gone through the process of contracting this coronavirus, luckily with relatively mild symptoms, I now find myself on the other side of the illness but still in no less a state of social distance and general isolation,” he said.