Fifteen more people have lost their lives to coronavirus in Northern Ireland, new figures reveal.

This is the biggest single rise in one day there and the death toll now stands at 107.

The number of positive cases in the North has also risen by 128 to 1,717.

The total number of hospital deaths from Covid-19 across the whole of the UK now stands at 9,875, a rise of 917 in 24 hours. 

In England, a further 823 people have died in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus, bringing the total deaths there to 8,937.

The patients were aged between 11 and 102 years old and 33 of the 823 patients (aged between 29 and 94 years old) had no known underlying health condition.

A total of 542 people who tested positive for coronavirus in Scotland have died, a rise of 47 on yesterday's figure, according to the Scottish Government.

This brings the number of positive cases in Scotland to 5,590.

Earlier today, British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Britain had not yet reached the Covid-19 peak that would allow for an easing of tight restrictions of movement.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, he also revealed that 19 NHS workers have died from the virus.

"My heart goes out to their families, these are people who have put themselves on the frontline," he said.

Among those who have been infected in Britain is Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is recovering in hospital after spending three nights in intensive care but is now back on a general ward.

In the latest update on his health, a Downing Street spokeswoman said: "The Prime Minister continues to make very good progress."

Meanwhile, in what is believed to be her first Easter address, Britain's Queen Elizabeth has stressed the importance of maintaining the coronavirus lockdown during the Bank Holiday weekend, saying "by keeping apart we keep others safe".

With the virus outbreak making church services impossible, the address had the resolute message: "We know that coronavirus will not overcome us."

The Queen's pre-recorded speech offered support to those marking Easter privately and the wider country, and she said: "But Easter isn't cancelled; indeed, we need Easter as much as ever."

It ended on a positive note: "May the living flame of the Easter hope be a steady guide as we face the future."

The speech came after the Queen's televised address to the nation last Sunday when she said by remaining united the country would overcome the virus, and told those in lockdown "we will meet again".

Additional reporting from PA