UK deaths from Coronavirus almost doubled overnight as ten more people died, bringing the country’s total to 21.
Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, said those who died “were in the at-risk groups”.
Meanwhile, the total number of UK infections leapt from 798 on Friday to 1,140 today – the biggest daily increase so far.
Mr Whitty said: “I am sorry to confirm 10 further patients who have tested positive for Covid-19 in England have died.
“All 10 individuals were in the at risk groups. 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.
“Every single one of us has a role to play in achieving this. If you have a new continuous cough or high temperature, please stay at home for seven days.
“I also encourage everyone to be washing their hands for 20 seconds regularly.
“I offer my sincere condolences to the families and friends who have received this difficult news. I ask that their privacy is respected at this time.”
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Other developments include:
- The World Health Organisation said Europe has become the epicentre of the pandemic
- Donald Trump indicated he might add the UK to a list of countries banned from travelling to the US
- Jet2 planes from the UK to Spain turned around mid-flight as the airline announced it was cancelling flights to the country
- Apple is closing ALL stores across the world for two weeks