Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Sunday Britain “will defeat” coronavirus, in a video message released by Downing Street as he left hospital following intensive care treatment for the disease.
“We will defeat this coronavirus and defeat it together,” the 55-year-old leader said, seated and dressed in a suit and tie.
“Though the struggle is by no means over, we are now making progress in this incredible national battle.”
This is as the UK coronavirus death toll passes 10,000, according to the Health ministry.
The country is now seeing daily death tolls to match those previously seen in Europe’s hardest-hit nations Italy and Spain, after recording nearly 1,000 fatalities on each of the last two days.
Despite hopes of hitting a peak, the actual figure may be far higher as the count does not include those who have died in care homes and the community.