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Coronavirus: Boris Johnson admitted to hospital as Queen delivers speech to the UK

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to hospital tonight as the Queen delivered a broadcast to the nation over the coronavirus crisis.

A Downing Street spokesperson said: "On the advice of his doctor, the Prime Minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests. This is a precautionary step, as the Prime Minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus ten days after testing positive for the virus."

The statement was released shortly after the Queen had delivered a message in which she said: "While we have faced challenges before, this one is different. This time we join with all nations across the globe in a common endeavour, using the advances of science and our instinctive compassion to heal. We will succeed, and that success will belong to every one of us."

New coronavirus case numbers rise once more in UK
New coronavirus case numbers rise once more in UK

The speech came on a day in which the number of new cases in the UK has once again risen, from 3,735 to 5,903.

This came in the wake of four days in which the numbers had remained below 4,500 nationally.

Deaths per day in the UK had risen gradually from 563 to 708 yesterday, but fell to 621 today.

The number of cases in Suffolk has now risen to 231.

Italy and Spain are reporting a gradual decline in new cases each day however, giving cause for hope in the UK, that lockdown will begin having an effect.

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