LONDON

British health authorities announced on Friday that the UK-wide death toll from coronavirus increased by 684 in 24 hours.

The Department of Health reported: “444,222 people have been tested of which 143,464 tested positive.

“As of 5pm on 23 April, of those hospitalised in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 19,506 have sadly died.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is still recovering from coronavirus, as speculation mounts as to when he will return to work.

Earlier in the day, his spokesman said: “He is speaking with colleagues and he is receiving regular updates, but in terms of when he

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