DEATHS from coronavirus in the UK have risen by 938 to 7097 – the highest day-on-day rise so far.

The number of those in the UK to have no been tested for Covid-19 is now 232,708 of which 60,733 tested positive.

It came as Chancellor Rishi Sunak prepared to give the UK Government daily briefing.

Earlier today it was announced that the number of deaths from Covid-19 in Scotland had now reached 366, although that figure came as the Scottish Government updated its recording methods.

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During the UK briefing Sunak announced that charities struggling during the coronavirus pandemic will be given a £750 million bailout to keep them afloat.

He said charities, including those supporting domestic abuse victims and hospices, will receive cash grants to ensure they can meet increased demand as a result of the virus.

Some £360 million direct from Government departments will go to charities providing key services, while smaller charities will benefit from £370m, including through a grant to the National Lottery Community Fund.

The Government has also pledged to match the public's donations to the National Emergencies Trust, guaranteeing a minimum of £20m.

It will match fund whatever the public decides to donate to the BBC's Big Night In charity appeal on April 23.

Sunak said: "Our charities are playing a crucial role in the national fight against coronavirus, supporting those who are most in need.

"It's right we do everything we can to help the sector during this difficult time, which is why we have announced this unprecedented £750m package of extra funding.

"This will ensure our key charities can continue to deliver the services that millions of people up and down the country rely on."

Tens of thousands of charities are expected to benefit, including hospices, St John's Ambulance to help it support the NHS, vulnerable children and victims services and Citizen's Advice, to increase the number of staff providing advice.

Sunak also confirmed that Boris Johnson was "improving" and "sitting up in bed" after being admitted into intensive care on Monday.

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