The U.K. on Friday confirmed 980 new deaths in the country over the past 24 hours, the largest rise on record in the country.

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the countrywide death toll from the coronavirus reached 8,958.

“This Easter will be another test of the nation’s resolve,” Hancock said. “But no matter how tempting the weather, how tempting your local park, we must stay home.”

His comments come as the weather has improved and warmed ahead of the long bank holiday weekend. The government has emphasized the need for Brits to stay at home in accordance with

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