A further 14 people have died after being diagnosed with coronavirus in England, bringing the UK’s total to 71.
Earlier today (Tuesday March 17) the Department of Health confirmed that 1,950 people had tested positive for the virus- after 407 more patients tested positive in the biggest day-on-day increase since the crisis began.
However, this number is likely to be higher as patients with mild symptoms are not being tested and other carriers may not be showing any symptoms, reports The Mirror.
Around 55,000 people in the UK have coronavirus and the aim is for fewer than 20,000 people to die from it, the Government’s chief scientific adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, said.
The latest people to fall victim of the virus, which is now being classed as a pandemic, were aged between 93 and 45 and had underlying health conditions.
A statement from NHS England said: “A further 14 people, who tested positive for the Coronavirus (Covid-19) have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths in England to 67.
“Patients were aged between 93 and 45 years old and had underlying health conditions.
“Their families have been informed.”
Yesterday (Monday, March 16), Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged all of those who can work from home to do so. He also advised people to avoid pubs, clubs and restaurants.
Everyone has also been advised to avoid any large public gatherings, with several events in Essex and across the country already cancelled or postponed.