The number of people to have died from coronavirus in the UK has jumped by more than 100 to 578 in the biggest daily increase to date.

A total of 578 who tested positive for coronavirus in the UK have died as of 5pm on Wednesday - an increase of 113 in 24 hours.

While in Ireland the coronavirus death toll more than doubled to 19 on Thursday, after ten more deaths were reported by the National Public Health Emergency Team.

The biggest daily increase in Covid-19 deaths came on the same day Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced self-employed people will have 80% of their average earnings paid for by the government.

The chancellor says 95% of all self-employed workers will be covered by the scheme, which is expected to be "up and running" by the beginning of June.

The Department of Health said 11,658 people tested positive for the disease as of 9am on Thursday.

A total of 104,866 people have now been tested for coronavirus, of whom 11% tested positive.

More than 660,000 people have signed up to volunteer for the NHS, after the Government launched an appeal asking for help amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Meanwhile, the UK has become the biggest contributor to finding a Covid-19 vaccine.

Britain pledged a further £210 million of funding following a virtual summit of G20 leaders, bringing UK aid spending on the fight against coronavirus to £544m.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced support for the self-employed. Credit: PA

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