British health authorities announced on Monday that the countrywide death toll from the coronavirus increased by 717 over the past 24 hours, as decision on lockdown renewal is due by Thursday.

The Department of Health said: “290,720 people have been tested of which 88,621 tested positive.

“As of 5pm on 12 April, of those hospitalised in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 11,329 have sadly died,” it added.

At a news briefing earlier in the day at 10 Downing Street, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman said: “The prime minister is focusing on his recovery and he is not

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