A backlog of more than 400,000 UK passport applications has mounted due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to BBC, Home Office minister Baroness Williams said reduced staffing due to social distancing measures has delayed passport processing times.

Williams added that steps were being taken to increase capacity after travel restrictions were eased, but those applying may have to wait longer than the usual three weeks.

The Passport Office is advising only people going away before September or those travelling on compassionate grounds should apply now for a passport.

According to the World Health Organisation, there have been nearly 300,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus so far in the UK and more than 45,500 people have died.

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