PREGNANT prisoners could be let out of jail "within days" to protect them and their unborn children from coronavirus.
It comes as 381 people including a teen with no underlying health conditions died in 24 hours.
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As of 5pm on Monday, 65 inmates had tested positive for coronavirus in 23 prisons, the Ministry of Justice said.
A statement added: "Pregnant women in custody who do not pose a high risk of harm to the public will be temporarily released from prison within days to protect them and their unborn children from coronavirus.
"Prisoners in Mother and Baby Units meeting the same risk assessment will also be released with their children."
Britain's grim death toll now stands at 1,789 with 25,150 positive Covid-19 cases – up 2,706 from yesterday.
The latest figures from the Department of Health reveal 381 people have died in 24 hours after a rise of 180 deaths in the same time period yesterday.
In England, the NHS today confirmed the death rate had also more than doubled from 159 yesterday to 367 today in the biggest 24-hour leap so far.
The latest victims were aged between 19 and 98 – with 28 having no previous medical conditions – bringing the total death toll in the country to 1,651.
The 19-year-old is the youngest coronavirus victim in the UK with no underlying health conditions.
The Sun revealed a convicted paedophile became the first serving prisoner in the UK to die from deadly coronavirus.
Monster Edwin Hillier, 84, was rushed to hospital from his cell at HMP Littlehey, Cambs, with suspected sepsis last Friday and died 48 hours later.
Today Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary Robert Buckland QC MP said: "We have already taken extraordinary measures to protect prisoners and the public over the last few weeks, but it’s clear now that we must temporarily release pregnant woman and those with small babies with them inside prison.
"Governors can now temporarily release pregnant prisoners so that they can stay at home and reduce social contact like all other expectant mothers have been advised to do."
In Scotland today, 13 more people have died – taking the death toll to 60.
Public Health Wales confirmed there have been seven further deaths – bringing their total to 69.
While in Northern Ireland, six more people have died, with their total deaths now at 28.
Yesterday, the Department of Health reported 1,408 Covid-19 deaths in the UK – a rise of 180 from the previous day.
It marked the first time the daily increase in deaths has fallen for two consecutive days – suggesting drastic lockdown measures may be working.
At least four of those who died had no pre-existing medical conditions, the Department of Health said.
London remains the highest coronavirus hotspot with 122 of today's deaths in England happening in the capital.
But startling new figures revealed today how Sheffield and Slough are close behind.
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Among the latest deaths is RSPCA worker Jayne Lowry, who died four days after her 26th birthday.
It is not known if she had underlying health problems.
There are fears the NHS will be crippled trying to cope with the surge in coronavirus patients – with one boss revealing he is "losing the will to live".
The UK has been in lockdown over the pandemic this week, following strict social distancing rules in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus.
And Boris Johnson has warned things will "get worse before they get better".
The PM chaired a Cabinet meeting via videolink today as he continues to self isolate after testing positive for the disease.
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