UK’s death toll from coronavirus has surpassed 20,000, with 813 new fatalities in the last 24 hours, said health authorities on Saturday.

In a statement, the Department of Health said: “As of 5pm on 24 April, of those hospitalized in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus, 20,319 have sadly died.”

Some 517,836 people were tested of which more than 148,000 tested positive.

Officials in the UK were trying to keep the death toll below the 20,000 mark.

In mid-March, UK government’s chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance told a parliamentary committee: “If we can get this down to

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