Britain has been building emergency medical facilities to take the strain of an expected surge in coronavirus cases, such as this one in Llanelli, Wales (AFP Photo/GEOFF CADDICK)More

London (AFP) – Britain on Wednesday recorded its biggest day-on-day increase in coronavirus deaths, as the government came under renewed pressure to ramp up mass testing of frontline medical staff and the wider community.

The health ministry said 2,352 people had now died as of 1600 GMT on Tuesday — up 563 on the previous day.

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 climbed by 4,324 to 29,474 in the same period.

Officials have warned Britain to expect a surge in cases in the coming weeks, saying that stringent social distancing measures could be working but will take time

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