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[Published: Tuesday March 24 2020]

 UK deaths rise by 87 in biggest daily increase as total cases surpass 8,000

LONDON, 24 March. - (ANA)  - The total amount of coronavirus deaths in the UK has risen to 422, in the largest day-on-day increase in the number of deaths since the outbreak began.
Tuesday's total is up from the previous total of 335, marking a 26% rise which is significantly higher than Monday's 19% increase on Sunday's figures.
Meanwhile, the amount of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK now stands at 8,077, a rise of 1,427 from Monday's total of 6,650.
A further 83 patients died in England, with two in Scotland and one in Wales. A death was also confirmed in Northern Ireland on Monday night.
Overall, there have been 386 deaths in England, 17 in Wales, 16 in Scotland and three in Northern Ireland.
Tuesday also represents the highest rise in cases since the UK's outbreak began, surpassing Monday's record rise of 967.
The figures come a day after Boris Johnson locked down the country, telling all non-essential shops to shut and banning gatherings of more than two people.
Trips from the house can only be made for certain reasons, including exercise and food shopping once a day and travelling to work if necessary.
He implemented the measures after concerns were raised that some people were not listening to government advice about social distancing.
Describing coronavirus as the "biggest threat this country has faced for decades", Johnson said: "Without a huge national effort to halt the growth of this virus, there will come a moment when no health service in the world could possibly cope; because there won't be enough ventilators, enough intensive care beds, enough doctors and nurses.
"And as we have seen elsewhere, in other countries that also have fantastic health care systems, that is the moment of real danger.
"To put it simply, if too many people become seriously unwell at one time, the NHS will be unable to handle it – meaning more people are likely to die, not just from coronavirus but from other illnesses as well.
"So it's vital to slow the spread of the disease."
The global cases so fare ha reached 372,563.   - (ANA) -
AB/ANA/24 March 2020 - - -

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