The first of the government’s emergency field hospitals to treat coronavirus patients has opened in east London’s ExCel centre.
The temporary NHS Nightingale Hospital is able to hold as many as 4,000 patients and is the first of several such facilities planned across the UK.
The number of people who have died with coronavirus in the UK has increased by 684 in 24 hours, latest figures show.
It comes as the Queen will address the nation in a televised speech on Sunday.
The specially recorded speech about the coronavirus outbreak will be broadcast at 20:00 BST.
The Department of Health said that as of 17:00 BST on 2 April, the total number of deaths is now 3,605, up from 2,921. There are 38,168 confirmed cases.
In Scotland, the number of deaths has risen by 46, while in Wales a further 24 people died. In NI, the number of people who died with coronavirus has risen by 12.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who announced he had contracted the virus last Friday, says he will carry on self-isolating after continuing to display mild symptoms of the virus including a high temperature.
The ExCel exhibition space – usually used for large events such as Comic Con – was transformed into a hospital in just nine days.
It is the first of several Nightingale Hospitals planned in England, with the latest announcement that two will be built at the University of the West of England in Bristol and the Harrogate Convention Centre.
Others are due to be set up at Manchester’s Central Complex as well as Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre, which will open to patients on 12 April.