THE UK coronavirus death toll today hit 28,446 as 315 more people died in the UK in the last 24 hours, Michael Gove said today.

The grim jump in deaths means the country remains one of the worst hit by the deadly bug in the world, with 186,599 cases of the virus.

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Britain is edging closer to becoming the worst affected in Europe, with the coronavirus-hit Italy's death toll currently sitting at 28,710.

DEADLY TOLL

The figures published today by NHS England show April 8 continues to have the highest number for the most hospital deaths occurring on a single day, with a current total of 867.

There have been a further five confirmed deaths of patients who tested positive for Covid-19 in Northern Ireland, according to the Department of Health – bringing the total numbers of deaths in the region to 381.

In Wales, a further 14 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of deaths to 983.

Another 174 people have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 10,329.

And in Scotland, a total of 1,571 patients have died after testing positive for coronavirus, an increase of 12 since Saturday.

Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman announced that 12,097 people have now tested positive for the virus in Scotland, a rise of 170 from 11,927 the day before.

BOJO'S BATTLE

It comes after Boris Johnson revealed doctors prepared to announce his death as he battled coronavirus.

The PM told The Sun on Sunday he was given “litres and litres of oxygen” to keep him alive.

He added: “It was a tough old moment, I won’t deny it. They had a strategy to deal with a ‘death of Stalin’-type scenario.

"I was not in particularly brilliant shape and I was aware there were contingency plans in place.

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“The doctors had all sorts of arrangements for what to do if things went badly wrong.

“They gave me a face mask so I got litres and litres of oxygen and for a long time I had that and the little nose jobbie.”

The stark reality of his plight quickly struck home when he was wired up to monitors and moved into intensive care.

He told how “the bloody indicators kept going in the wrong direction” and he realised there was no cure for Covid-19.

During his life-or-death struggle at St Thomas’ Hospital last month, Boris kept asking himself: “How am I going to get out of this?”

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