Another 563 people have died after contracting Covid-19, taking the UK total to 2,352.

Today’s jump in deaths is the biggest daily increase since the outbreak began, following another massive rise of 381 deaths yesterday.

The government has said there are now 29,474 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK.

The latest breakdown figures for Lancashire are also expected to be released at 4pm by Public Health England.

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It comes as Government ministers are under growing pressure to increase the rate of testing for coronavirus, as a 13-year-old boy became the first known child in the UK to die with the disease.

A 19-year-old with no existing medical issues has also died and the UK.

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Coronavirus in Lancashire

NHS staff have expressed frustration they are being forced to self-isolate just as they are most needed, because tests are not available to show whether they are clear of the disease.

The Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Nursing and the British Medical Association all say testing of frontline staff is desperately needed.

Critics have also warned that mass community testing was the only safe way of lifting the lockdown without risking a fresh outbreak of the virus.

Cabinet minister Michael Gove acknowledged at the daily No 10 news conference on Tuesday that they needed to go “further, faster”.

However, he said a shortage of the chemical reagents needed for the tests was proving to be a “critical constraint” on the Government’s capacity to ramp up capacity.