LONDON

The British health authorities announced on Thursday that the U.K.-wide death toll from coronavirus rose by 881 in the last 24 hours.

The government said 243,421 have been tested for the coronavirus, with 65,077 resulting in positive, of which 7,978 have died.

At a Downing Street press briefing earlier in the day, the prime minister’s spokesman said: “Boris Johnson had a good night and continues to improve in intensive care at St Thomas’ hospital. He is in good spirits.”

Johnson is continuing to receive “standard” oxygen treatment in intensive care and although he is not currently doing any work,

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