Britain’s death toll in the coronavirus outbreak rose to 28,446 on Sunday, after the government reported 315 more fatalities in hospitals, care homes and the wider community.
According to the latest figures, 28,446 people have now died after testing positive for COVID-19, up 315 on Saturday, keeping it just below Europe’s worst-affected country, Italy.
The number of positive cases rose by 4,339 to 186,599.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to unveil the government’s plans in coming days, after announcing the country had passed the peak of the virus.
Johnson himself contracted COVID-19 and spent three nights in intensive care. He revealed in a newspaper interview that plans were even put in place in case he died.
“It was a tough old moment, I won’t deny it,” he told The Sun on Sunday. “They had a strategy to deal with a ‘death of Stalin’-type scenario,” he added.
Senior minister Michael Gove said there would likely be “some degree of constraint” once restrictions were eased until a vaccine was found.
And he told a daily briefing of the government’s response to the global pandemic there would be no immediate return to the “old normal”.
Weekend newspaper reports said primary schools could reopen in early June while commuters taking public transport could face temperature checks.
A quarantine period for people travelling to Britain has also been suggested. Transport minister Grant Shapps said it was a “serious point under consideration”.