THE UK coronavirus death toll has jumped 113 in one day to 578 as Britain continues to be gripped by the deadly disease.
There are also 11,658 Covid-19 cases in Britain – up from 9,529 by the end of yesterday.
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Police stop travellers at a Paddington Station to ensure their travel is essentialCredit: Susannah Ireland LtdAcross the UK, 578 people had died as of 5pm on March 25 – a jump of 113 from last night.
A total of 104,866 people were also tested for the virus, of whom 93,208 tested negative.
NHS England confirmed today 107 people aged between 32 and 102 have died in England after testing positive for the virus – bringing the total number of deaths to 521.
Public Health Wales said another six people had died – bringing the total number of deaths to 28.
Northern Ireland recorded three more deaths today, with the death toll now at ten.
In Scotland, a further three deaths were announced today – bringing their total death toll to 25.
This means deaths reported today actually total 119 across the UK – but six of those were announced after the Department of Health’s new cut off time for reporting figures of 5pm yesterday.
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The death toll for the UK stood at 465 at the end of Wednesday with 43 people falling victim to the killer virus.
The figures were down from the previous day, which saw 87 people die in what was the UK’s biggest death rate jump yet.
But the lower rise was because the figures only covered 9am to 5pm – not the usual 24 hours, the Department of Health confirmed.
There are now fears that half of the UK population may have already contracted the virus. as only hospital patients are now being routinely screened.
Experts have predicted that the worst of the virus will peak by Easter, in three weeks time.
Deputy chief medical officer, Dr Jenny Harries agreed that we could be through the worst of it in that time.
She said: “If people have cut down their social interactions, we would start to see a change in the graph.
“The peak will be pushed forward but the height will be lower and we can manage NHS hospital care safely.”
Meanwhile, an army of more than 560,000 people have signed up to help the NHS.
The Volunteer Responders, who signed up at a rate of five per second, will be tasked with delivering vital medicines and shopping to 1.5million patients isolating from the killer virus.
And they are likely to be busy – as a new monitoring app suggests 6.6 million Brits may already have the deadly bug.
Researchers from King’s College London, who launched the Covid Symptom Tracker, say ten per cent of the 650,000 people who signed up to the app in the first 24 hours showed signs of the virus.
It comes as police today launched coronavirus checkpoints to spot-check drivers in a desperate bid to stop non-essential travel.
Cops across the UK have been asking drivers where they are going and why they are going there.
They have also been handed new powers to fine Brits up to £1000 for breaking rules for being outside their homes from today.
And Chancellor Rishi Sunak tonight revealed a bumper package of help for 3.8million of Britain’s army of self-employed workers, but it will take months for any help to reach them.
Brits earning up to £50,000 will be able to get up to 80 per cent of that back.
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The UK has been placed on lockdown as cases of coronavirus soarCredit: Getty Images – Getty