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UK coronavirus death toll jumps to 759 as 14,579 diagnosed in Britain
March 28, 2020
The coronavirus death toll in the United Kingdom has jumped to 759, up from 578 from the day before.
NHS England reported a rise of 165 people who had succumbed to the virus, bringing the country’s total to 759.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed there have been a further 8 deaths in Scotland, taking the number of Covid-19 deaths in the country to 33.
Northern Ireland's death toll rose to 13 today, with a further 34 cases of the disease reported in the country.
Health officials in Wales said at least 6 more people have died from coronavirus in the country, bringing Wales' death toll to 34.
The country also had an increase of 165 positive coronavirus patients, pushing the country’s total cases past 1,000 to 1,059.
Cases of the deadly virus also surged, with Boris Johnson now one of the 14,579 people in the UK now confirmed to be suffering from the disease.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock also tested positive for coronavirus and both are self-isolating with “mild symptoms”.
In a video posted to his Instagram page, Johnson said: "I want to bring you up to speed with something that's happening today, which is that I've developed mild symptoms of coronavirus, that's to say a temperature and a cough.
"On the advice of the Chief Medical Officer, I've taken a test, and that has come out as positive so I am working from home and self-isolating and that's the entirely right thing to do.
"Thanks to the wizardry of modern technology I have no doubt I can continue to communicate with my top team and lead the fight against coronavirus.
“I want to thank everybody that’s involved, of course above all, our NHS staff, and it was very moving to join in on the clap for the NHS."
Johnson was last seen in public on the steps of Downing Street last night as he joined Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, for a celebratory clap to the National Health Service.
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Last week, Johnson warned that without a “huge national effort,” the NHS could become overwhelmed like other European countries such as Italy.
He said: "Unless we act together, unless we make the heroic and collective national effort to slow the spread – then it is all too likely that our own NHS will be similarly overwhelmed.
"The Italians have a superb health-care system.
"And yet their doctors and nurses have been completely overwhelmed by the demand."
The NHS has since announced London's ExCel conference centre will be turned into the newly-built Nightingale hospital to make space for Covid-19 patients.
Nurses from all over England will be transferred to London after the capital faces a "tsunami" of coronavirus patients in the next few days.
The new measures will also see doctors sleep on site for six weeks, as well as to explore whether "ventilators intended for one person can be used for two," reports The Guardian.
Of the hospital, an NHS spokesman said: “Staff in London are at this stage responding to a larger number of patients with confirmed coronavirus than other regions of the country so as well as increasing ‘surge’ capacity across London hospitals, we’re deploying other options too, including new facilities like the NHS Nightingale London and using capacity in the private sector.
“But it remains absolutely vital that this huge mobilisation by the NHS is matched by action from the public which means following medical advice to the letter – please stay at home to save lives.”
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On Monday, Boris Johnson put the UK on lockdown and banned people from leaving their homes except for specific purposes.
The Prime Minister advised Brits to only leave their home unless they’re shopping for basic necessities, exercise, medical needs, and travelling to and from work, but only if it is absolutely impossible to work from home.
Britain’s police force have been given powers to disperse any public gatherings of more than two people, excluding those that you live with.
He also urged people to not to meet their friends and said "if your friends ask you to meet, you should say no."
The shocking announcement of Johnson's diagnosis comes days after Clarence House confirmed Prince Charles tested positive for the disease.