Britain reported a record daily coronavirus toll of 381 on Tuesday, more than double the number of nationwide deaths posted in the previous 24 hours.
But experts warned not to read too much in the figures, citing indications that stringent measures put in place last week to cut close-contact transmission of COVID-19 were working.
“As of 5 p.m. on 30 March, of those hospitalized in the UK, 1,789 have sadly died,” the health ministry said on its Twitter page — up from 1,408 on Monday.
The country’s previous highest daily toll was 260, recorded on Saturday, with the number dropping to 180 on Monday.
Some 25,150 people have now tested positive for the virus in Britain, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a daily increase of 3,009.
Data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for England and Wales on Tuesday revealed that the true toll could be 24 percent higher.
The government figures cover those who have been taken to hospital and tested for the virus whereas the ONS data is for deaths in the community where COVID-19 is suspected.