Coronavirus: 759 people have died in the UK as positive cases rise to 11,658

A total of 759 people have died in the UK after testing positive for Covid-19.

Friday, 27th March 2020, 2:34 pm
Updated Friday, 27th March 2020, 2:35 pm

The number of deaths rose by 181 from the 578 confirmed as of 5pm on March 25.

The Department of Health added the number of people who had tested positive for Covid-19 was now 14,579 as of 9am on Friday, up from 11,658 at the same point on Thursday.

A total of 113,777 people have been tested with 99,198 testing negative.

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A total of 759 people have died in the UK after testing positive for Covid-19.

Dr Robin Howe, incident director for the novel coronavirus outbreak response at PHW, said there were 180 new cases of the disease in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 921.

Dr Howe said: "Six further deaths have been reported to us of people who had tested positive for novel coronavirus, taking the number of deaths in Wales to 34.

"We offer our condolences to families and friends affected, and we ask those reporting on the situation to respect patient confidentiality."

Dr Howe also said 5,000 coronavirus tests have so far been carried out in Wales.

The last 24 hours has seen 34 new positive cases of coronavirus identified in Northern Ireland, bringing the total number in the region to 275.

Nicola Sturgeon said the number of people who had tested positive for Covid-19 in Scotland had risen by 165 from Thursday's total, from 894 to 1059.

The First Minister added that 72 patients with coronavirus symptoms are in intensive care units.