Coronavirus Latest: Deaths Up 70% And Cases Rocket To 1,372

The Department of Health has announced 35 people have now died from Coronavirus in the UK – up 14 from yesterday and cases have jumped by 232 to 1,372.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock admitted the NHS doesn’t have enough ventilators and is urging companies like JCB to help. Mr Hancock said the NHS currently has 5,000 of the machines but will need “many times more than that”.

The Health Secretary also said every Briton over the age of 70 will be told “within the coming weeks” to self-isolate for up to four months. People without symptoms will be able to visit older relatives as long as they stay two metres apart.

Panic buying continued on Saturday leading to supermarkets urging shoppers not to buy more than they need.

In a joint letter, UK retailers have said “There is enough for everyone if we all work together”

Other developments for the virus include:

  • Spain and France have followed Italy in announcing emergency restrictions to combat the spread of Coronavirus
  • Australia says anyone entering the country will now be required to self-isolate for 14 days
  • US President Donald Trump has tested negative for Coronavirus
  • South Korea reported just 76 new cases on Sunday – the first time in a month that the number has fallen below 100