Britain suffered another grim day in its coronavirus crisis today as officials recorded another 953 deaths in the home nations, taking the UK’s spiralling victim count to 8,931.
England recorded 866 new fatalities among infected patients in hospital, while another 87 were today confirmed in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The preliminary figure – the official toll has yet to be released by the Department of Health – would be the darkest day yet in Britain’s crisis, up from 938 on April 8 and 881 yesterday. It would also mean the UK has surpassed the deadliest days in Italy (919) and Spain (950), which have both been battered by the killer infection.
It comes after a top government adviser warned today that Britain won’t know for weeks whether the draconian lockdown imposed on March 23 can be eased.