A total of 880 deaths have been recorded in Britain and France, on Tuesday,   less than 24 hours.

According to AFP, 381 persons died in the UK while 499 persons died in France.

Stringent measures put in place last week to cut close-contact transmission of COVID-19 were working as experts warned not to read too much in the figures.

Reports from the health ministry said on its Twitter page that up from 1,408 on Monday, “As of 5 pm (1600 GMT) on 30 March, of those hospitalised in the UK, 1,789 have sadly died,”

On the spread, with a daily increase of 3,009, 25,150 people have now tested positive for the virus in Britain, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Also, there are 22,757 people hospitalised in France with COVID-19, with 5,565 of them in intensive care.

Health official Jerome Salomon told reporters that, as regards daily update so far, 3,523 persons have died.

Speaking further about the figure, Salomon said, “This situation is completely unprecedented in the history of French medicine,”