More than 1,000 people have now died from coronavirus in the UK

The number of people who have died after contracting coronavirus passed 1,000 as it was revealed another Cabinet minister has been forced to self-isolate.

Saturday, 28th March 2020, 3:05 pm

A total of 120,776 people have been tested for coronavirus as of 9am on March 28, the Department of Health said, with 17,089 positive results.

As of 5pm on Friday, of those hospitalised in the UK, 1,019 have died.

In England, a further 246 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died, bringing the total number of confirmed reported deaths there to 935, NHS England said.

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Police at a vehicle check point at Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre in North Yorkshire, to ensure motorists are complying with Government restrictions and only making essential journeys (photo: Danny Lawson/PA Wire)

A statement said: “Patients were aged between 33 and 100 years old and all but 13 (aged between 63 and 99 years old) had underlying health conditions."

The latest figures come after Scottish Secretary Alister Jack revealed he had developed mild symptoms of coronavirus and was self-isolating.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is already having to lead the response to the pandemic from Downing Street after he was diagnosed with the disease.

He has been accused of failing to follow his own social distancing rules after Health Secretary Matt Hancock tested positive and England's chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty began self-isolating with symptoms.

In other developments this weekend:

- NHS workers began being tested for coronavirus at a temporary drive through testing station in the car park of Chessington World of Adventures in Chessington.

- Photos revealed the inside of the ExCel centre in London which is being made into a temporary hospital with two wards, each for 2,000 people, to help tackle the coronavirus response.

- The British Red Cross said evictions of asylum seekers from Government accommodation are to be halted amid fears about the disease.

- Police urged motorcyclists to stay out of the countryside and told them they cannot claim it is part of their permitted daily exercise under lockdown rules.