The number of people who have died after contracting coronavirus in the UK has risen to 144 – as the number of confirmed cases rose 643 to 3,269, according to the Department of Health.
It comes after NHS England confirmed 29 more people had died in England in the past 24 hours, taking the number to 128.
The latest deaths were people between 47 and 96 years old and all had underlying health conditions.
London’s death toll went up 16 and now stands at 52.
Earlier, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said three people in Scotland had died there in the past 24 hours after testing positive for coronavirus.
She said her country’s death toll had doubled to six as she addressed MSPs in Holyrood.
The total number of people in Scotland who have contracted COVID-19 stands at 266 – a rise of 39 in 24 hours.
She said the figure was “likely to be an underestimate of the true prevalence of the infection”.
The number of cases in Wales has also increased, with 24 new confirmed cases bringing its total to 170.
Northern Ireland has a total of 77 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
On Thursday morning, the total number of cases across the UK stood at 2,689 but it is expected to change later today.
The prime minister said in his daily briefing on Thursday that he believed the country could “turn the tide” against the virus in the next 12 weeks.
He also said the government was in talks to buy “hundreds of thousands” of tests to reveal if people are immune.
The virus outbreak has continued to affect people’s lives across Britain.
A partial shutdown of the London Underground started on Thursday as up to 40 stations that do not interchange with other lines were closed “until further notice”.
Elsewhere, the education secretary said students whose exams have been cancelled to stop the coronavirus spread will be given grades so they can still go to college or university.
Gavin Williamson told Sky News the full details including who would decide those GCSE and A-level grades and what appeals process would be available would be revealed on Friday.
Up to 20,000 service personnel will be put on standby to help combat the coronavirus, with troops gearing up to drive oxygen tankers, support the police and boost hospital capacity.
On Thursday, reservists will be put on notice to mobilise if required as part of a war-like effort to prepare the armed forces in case the government calls upon them in large numbers.
And supermarkets are expecting to get police support to deter unruly behaviour if London goes into lockdown because of the outbreak.