Some 37,837 people have died in hospitals, care homes and the wider community after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Wednesday, up by 377 from 37,460 the day before, the Department of Health has said.
In the 24-hour period up to 9am on Thursday, 119,587 tests were carried out or dispatched with 1,887 positive results. The figure for the number of people tested has been “temporarily paused”.
The new figures came as Boris Johnson announced a number of lockdown measures would be eased, with groups of six allowed to meet outdoors in England if they keep their distance.
Sir Patrick Vallance, the chief scientific adviser, warned that in some places the R rate of infection was close to 1.0. Great caution was required, he said.