The UK’s coronavirus death toll has become the world’s second-highest, according to data released by the Office for National Statistics, with the total passing 30,000, APA reports.
More than 250,000 people have now been killed by the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The grim announcement comes after governments around the world pledged some £6.5bn to the hunt for a Covid-19 vaccine and treatment.
In Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has suggested that small friends-and-family gatherings could pave the way for easing lockdown restrictions. The first minister also said people might be allowed to go outside for exercise more than once per day.