British health authorities announced on Thursday that the UK-wide death toll from coronavirus rose 616 in the last 24 hours.
The Department of Health reported: “425,821 people have been tested of which 138,078 tested positive.
“As of 5pm on 22 April, of those hospitalised in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 18,738 have sadly died.”
At a press briefing at Downing Street earlier in the day, the prime minister’s spokesman said that 50 mobile laboratories are being planned by the end of the month to boost testing.
There is a “great deal more to do” on testing, he