Coronavirus: UK deaths double in 24 hours


UK’s chief medical officer, Chris Whitty says ten more people in the UK have died after testing positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths in the UK to 21.

Whitty, said all of the latest to die were patients in “at-risk” groups.

Whitty said: “I understand this increase in the number of deaths linked to Covid-19 will be a cause for concern for many. The public should know every measure we are taking is seeking to save lives and protect the most vulnerable.”

He gave his “sincere condolences” to the friends and families affected, adding “every single one of us has a role to play” in reducing the spread of the virus.

All patients NHS England gave details of had underlying health conditions and were over the age of 60.

The reported deaths were from around England including London, Birmingham and Leicester.

The 10 patients were being cared for by nine NHS trusts in England including Buckinghamshire, Sandwell & West Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Leicester, Barts in London, North Middlesex and Chester.

The total number of confirmed cases in the UK has reached 1,140.

As of 9:00 GMT, 37,746 people had been tested and 21 patients had died.


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