Two NHS nurses are among the latest to die after contracting coronavirus in the UK with the Covid-19 peak expected in a few weeks amid another rapid increase in the number of confirmed cases
The UK’s coronavirus death toll has soared to 3,605 after 684 patients died in just 24 hours – the biggest single day increase yet.
The figure does not include people who have died at home. The previous total stood at 2,921 deaths.
The number of confirmed cases has increased to 38,168 after 4,450 more people tested positive.
Most of the deaths have been in England (3,244), followed by Scotland (172), Wales (141) and Northern Ireland (48).
Two NHS nurses, who were both mothers in their 30s with three young children, are among the latest patients to die after battling Covid-19 in hospital.
The grim news came as Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who is back at work after battling the virus, said the Government expects the virus to peak in Britain in the next few weeks and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is still infected with Covid-19 and isolating, urged people to stick with social distancing to flatten the curve.