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Coronavirus: Boris Johnson leaves intensive care as daily death tolls increase in UK and France

The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in hospital with coronavirus, has left the intensive care unit, Downing Street said on Thursday.

Nearly 8,000 people have died of COVID-19 in the UK an increase of 881 deaths from the previous day, foreign minister Dominic Raab said.

Raab is filling in for Prime Minister Boris Johnson who is still in intensive care but in “good spirits”, his deputy said.

There are more than 65,000 confirmed cases of the virus out of over 240,000 people who have been tested.

Spain recorded 683 deaths in 24 hours on Thursday compared to 757 yesterday, a slight drop that has renewed hope that the epidemic is levelling off.

The number of newly confirmed cases also dropped from 6,180 yesterday to 5,756 today.

Spain has had 152,446 cases and more than 15,000 deaths since the beginning of the outbreak.

Italy has also seen its daily death toll fall after putting in place a country-wide lockdown in early March.

France and the UK are preparing to extend their lockdown deadlines beyond next week as COVID-19 deaths continue to mount.

There have been 12,210 deaths recorded in France since the beginning of the epidemic, up 1,341 from the number announced the previous day.

There were 424 deaths in 24 hours in hospitals, but after a reporting delay, the government announced more than 900 additional deaths in care and nursing homes since the beginning of the epidemic.

At least 8,044 people have died of COVID-19 in hospitals and another 4,066 have died in care and nursing homes, director general of health Jérôme Salomon said at a press briefing.

President Emmanuel Macron is expected to discuss the extension in a television address on Monday, the Elysée Palace has said.

Italy recorded increases in their daily death toll and new cases on Thursday.

At least 610 people died in 24 hours and the country recorded 4,204 new infections of COVID-19. Yesterday there were 540 deaths and 3,836 new cases.