Coronavirus UK Update: COVID-19 death toll jumps to 422

Coronavirus UK Update: COVID-19 death toll jumps to 422
Coronavirus UK Update: COVID-19 death toll jumps to 422

The number of people who died in the UK after testing positive with coronavirus has risen to 422.

It is an increase of 87 people in 24 hours – the biggest increase yet.

Of those who have been tested for the deadly bug, 82,359 have tested negative in the UK while 8,077 tested positive.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said the government will open a new temporary hospital to deal with the rise in coronavirus cases.

Speaking in today’s daily briefing, he said: “We will next week open a new hospital, a temporary hospital, the NHS Nightingale Hospital.”

The hospital will consist of two wards, each of 2,000 people and will use the help of the military and NHS clinicians.

Matt Hancock is hosting today’s daily coronavirus briefing.

Speaking of the lockdown measures introduced by the Prime Minister last night, he said: “These steps are not requests, they are rules.”

He added: “The more we follow the rules, the more we will stop the spread.”

Councils across the UK are putting different restrictions on the number of mourners allowed to attend funerals.

Lockdown measures introduced by the Government say funerals can go ahead but should only be attended by immediate family.

Gloucester City Council has said that only five immediate family mourners should attend services while Wirral Council says it should be no more than 30.

A Downing Street spokesman has said families should use their “discretion” when deciding who attends.