The number of people to have died from coronavirus in the UK has jumped by more than 100 to 578 in the biggest daily increase to date.
A total of 578 who tested positive for coronavirus in the UK have died as of 5pm on Wednesday – an increase of 113 in 24 hours.
While in Ireland the coronavirus death toll more than doubled to 19 on Thursday, after ten more deaths were reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team.
The biggest daily increase in Covid-19 deaths came on the same day Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced self-employed people will have 80% of their average earnings paid for by the government.
The chancellor says 95% of all self-employed workers will be covered by the scheme, which is expected to be “up and running” by the beginning of June.
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