Coronavirus: UK daily death toll third highest in the world – behind the US and France

Medical workers wearing equipment to protect themselves from coronavirus bring a patient to St Thomas' Hospital in Westminster in London, Monday, April 6, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

The UK has recorded the third highest daily death toll from coronavirus in the world, behind only the US and France.

On Tuesday it was announced that 786 people died in the UK in the past day, bringing the total to 6,159.

The number of the deaths was higher than that of Italy or Spain, the two European countries hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Medical staff from Jilin Province (in red) hug nurses from Wuhan after working together during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak during a ceremony before leaving as Tianhe Airport is reopened in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on April 8, 2020. - Thousands of Chinese travellers rushed to leave COVID-19 coronavirus-ravaged Wuhan on April 8 as authorities lifted a more than two-month prohibition on outbound travel from the city where the global pandemic first emerged. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)
WUHAN, April 8, 2020 .Aerial photo taken on April 8, 2020 shows illuminated buildings in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province. Wuhan, the megacity in central China, started lifting outbound travel restrictions from Wednesday after almost 11 weeks of lockdown to stem the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Chen Min/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Cheng Min via Getty Images)
WUHAN, April 8, 2020 .Aerial photo taken on April 8, 2020 shows an illuminated bridge in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province. Wuhan, the megacity in central China, started lifting outbound travel restrictions from Wednesday after almost 11 weeks of lockdown to stem the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Cheng Min/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Cheng Min via Getty Images)
WUHAN, April 8, 2020 .Passengers prepare to board train K81 at Wuchang Railway Station in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, April 8, 2020. Wuhan, the megacity in central China, started lifting outbound travel restrictions from Wednesday after almost 11 weeks of lockdown to stem the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Fei Maohua/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Fei Maohua via Getty Images)
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WUHAN, April 8, 2020 .Cars prepare to pass an expressway toll station in western Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, April 8, 2020. Wuhan, the megacity in central China, started lifting outbound travel restrictions from Wednesday after almost 11 weeks of lockdown to stem the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Shen Bohan/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Shen Bohan via Getty Images)
WUHAN, April 8, 2020.A staff member removes barricades near an expressway toll station in northern Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, April 8, 2020. Wuhan, the megacity in central China, started lifting outbound travel restrictions from Wednesday after almost 11 weeks of lockdown to stem the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu via Getty Images)
Passengers wearing protective gear walk at the Tianhe Airport after it was reopened, in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on April 8, 2020. - Thousands of Chinese travellers rushed to leave COVID-19 coronavirus-ravaged Wuhan on April 8 as authorities lifted a more than two-month prohibition on outbound travel from the city where the global pandemic first emerged. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)
A medical staff member from Jilin Province tears up during a ceremony before leaving as Tianhe Airport is reopened in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on April 8, 2020. - Thousands of Chinese travellers rushed to leave COVID-19 coronavirus-ravaged Wuhan on April 8 as authorities lifted a more than two-month prohibition on outbound travel from the city where the global pandemic first emerged. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)
Medical staff from Jilin Province (in red) hug nurses from Wuhan after working together during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak during a ceremony before leaving as Tianhe Airport is reopened in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on April 8, 2020. - Thousands of Chinese travellers rushed to leave COVID-19 coronavirus-ravaged Wuhan on April 8 as authorities lifted a more than two-month prohibition on outbound travel from the city where the global pandemic first emerged. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)
People wearing face masks arrive at Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan to take one of the first trains leaving the city in China's central Hubei province early on April 8, 2020. - Thousands of relieved citizens streamed out of China's Wuhan on April 8 after authorities lifted months of lockdown at the coronavirus epicentre, offering some hope to the world despite record deaths in Europe and the United States. (Photo by NOEL CELIS / AFP) (Photo by NOEL CELIS/AFP via Getty Images)
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This aerial photo taken early on April 8, 2020 shows cars queueing at a highway toll station in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province, as they prepare to leave the city after authorities lifted a more than two-month ban on outbound travel. - Thousands of Chinese travellers rushed to leave COVID-19 coronavirus-ravaged Wuhan early on April 8 as authorities lifted a more than two-month prohibition on outbound travel from the city where the global pandemic first emerged. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)
A medical staff member from Jilin Province (C) cries while hugging nurses from Wuhan after working together during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan during a ceremony at the Tianhe Airport after it was reopened today, in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on April 8, 2020. - Thousands of Chinese travellers rushed to leave COVID-19 coronavirus-ravaged Wuhan on April 8 as authorities lifted a more than two-month prohibition on outbound travel from the city where the global pandemic first emerged. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)
A train employee wearing a face mask is seen at Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan, on one of the first trains leaving the city from China's central Hubei province early on April 8, 2020. - Chinese authorities lifted a more than two-month ban on outbound travel from the city where the global pandemic first emerged. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)
A worker wearing a protective suit waits to control the temperature of passengers at Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan, in China's central Hubei province, early on April 8, 2020. - Chinese authorities lifted a more than two-month ban on outbound travel from the city where the global pandemic first emerged. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)
WUHAN, April 7, 2020 .Passengers cheer up for Wuhan while waiting to take train K81 at Wuchang Railway Station in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province, late April 7, 2020. The train K81, which started from Xi'an of northwest China's Shaanxi Province and is heading for Guangzhou in south China's Guangdong Province, made a stop to pick up 442 passengers at Wuchang Railway Station in Wuhan early Wednesday, the first one since the city lifted its outbound travel restrictions. (Photo by Fei Maohua/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Fei Maohua via Getty Images)
WUHAN, April 7, 2020.Aerial photo taken on April 7, 2020 shows a night view in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province. Wuhan, the megacity in central China, started lifting outbound travel restrictions from Wednesday after almost 11 weeks of lockdown to stem the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu via Getty Images)
WUHAN, April 7, 2020 . Aerial photo taken on April 7, 2020 shows a night view in Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province. Wuhan, the megacity in central China, started lifting outbound travel restrictions from Wednesday after almost 11 weeks of lockdown to stem the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu via Getty Images)
WUHAN, April 7, 2020 . Aerial photo taken on April 7, 2020 shows the illuminated Yellow Crane Tower, or Huanghelou, a landmark of the city of Wuhan, central China's Hubei Province. Wuhan, the megacity in central China, started lifting outbound travel restrictions from Wednesday after almost 11 weeks of lockdown to stem the spread of COVID-19. (Photo by Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Xiao Yijiu via Getty Images)
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Spain's death toll increased by 743 on Tuesday, while Italy recorded 604 new deaths.

France reported a total of 1,417 deaths in 24 hours.

The US saw the highest daily increase of any country, with more than 1,800 fatalities in 24 hours.

The increase brings the total number of deaths In the US to nearly 13,000.

Spain's death toll for Tuesday compared to 637 deaths registered during the previous 24 hours, taking the total number of dead to 13,798, the second highest in the world after Italy.

In Italy, the total death toll now stands at 17,127. There were 3,039 new cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases of the virus to 135,586.

Spain has been living under severe restrictions for more than three weeks, with lockdown measures now extended towards the end of April.

Family members play their instruments performing the song "Aleluya" on their balcony in support of the medical staff that are working on the COVID-19 virus outbreak in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 5, 2020. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced that he would ask the Parliament to extend the state of emergency by two more weeks, taking the lockdown on mobility until April 26. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Health Minister Salvador Illa said one million testing kits were to arrive in Spain on Sunday and Monday and would act as "rapid screening" in places such as hospitals and nursing homes, part of an effort to pinpoint the true extent of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Government ministers cautioned it was too early to say when Spain could start lifting its lockdown on public life.

Italy has been on lockdown for weeks beginning from 8 March, restricting the movement of roughly 16 million people.

Nearly a month on, slowing death rates in both Spain and Italy are raising hope that strict social distancing measures are curbing the spread of COVID-19.

It comes as Boris Johnson spent a second night in an intensive care in London after his coronavirus symptoms "worsened".

The Prime Minister's condition remains "stable", according to the latest bulletin from Downing Street issued on Tuesday evening.

He was said to be in "good spirits" in St Thomas' Hospital in London where he is undergoing "close monitoring" after his condition worsened on Monday.

"He is receiving standard oxygen treatment and breathing without any other assistance," a spokesperson said.

"He has not required mechanical ventilation or non-invasive respiratory support."

In Johnson's absence, Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, will stand in for him "whenever necessary", including leading the daily meetings of the coronavirus "war cabinet".

The PM's weekly calls with the Queen have been suspended while he remains indisposed.

Ministers insisted that despite Johnson's absence, along with other key No 10 figures, the business of government was continuing as normal.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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