Coronavirus LIVE updates: 10million could be infected as UK testing fiasco continues and deaths reach 2,961

10MILLION people globally could have been infected by coronavirus, Australia’s chief medical officer has said, with the under-reporting down to a lack of testing in some countries.

This comes after Britain confirmed 33,718 had been infected by Covid-19 with 2,961 of those dying.

Brits showed their thanks to the NHS and its staff last night with a moving round of applause.

The second mass clap took place at 8pm on the day the biggest increase in deaths to date was recorded – an increase of 596.

Since March 18, 1,496,651 people registered only symptoms in line with Covid-19, while another 243,543 assessments were made through NHS 111 and 999 calls.

However this may not mean each call or web assessment was for a different person.

NHS staff may be forced to stop using life-saving treatment, such as ventilators, on dying patients if others with the virus are more likely to survive.

Health workers could be forced to make the decision if hospitals become overwhelmed with patients infected with Covid-19, the latest advise from the British Medical Association (BMS) says.

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