LONDON 

The British government extended the country’s lockdown by three weeks as health authorities announced on Thursday that the U.K.-wide death toll from coronavirus rose 861 in the last 24 hours.

The Department of Health reported: “327,608 people have been tested of which 103,093 tested positive.

“As of 5pm on 15 April, of those hospitalised in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 13,729 have sadly died.”

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the daily press briefing: “The government has decided that the current measures must remain in place for at least the next three weeks.”

Raab is deputizing for Prime Minister Boris Johnson as

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