Number of coronavirus related deaths in the UK rises by more than 200
A total of 1,228 patients have died after testing positive for coronavirus in the UK as of 5pm on Saturday, the Department of Health said, up from 1,019 the day before.
The jump in coronavirus-related deaths in the UK is the second biggest day-on-day rise in the number of deaths since the outbreak began.
It means the total number of deaths is 21 per cent higher than the equivalent figure yesterday (Saturday).
The day-on-day percentage increase yesterday was 34 per cent.
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It took 16 days for the number of deaths in the UK to go from one to just over 200.
It has taken a further eight days for the total to go from just over 200 to just over 1,200.
Meanwhile, the number of people in the UK who have been tested for coronavirus has now passed 125,000.
The total as of 9am on March 29 was 127,737.
On average, around 7,000 new tests a day were carried out in the seven days to 9am March 29.
In the previous seven days the daily average was around 5,400.
The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK now stands at 19,522, as of 9am March 29.
One week ago, on March 22, the total stood at 5,683.
In England, a further 190 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died, bringing the total number to 1,125, NHS England said.
The further 190 patients in England who died after testing positive for Covid-19 were aged between 39 and 105, and all but four – aged between 57 and 87 – had underlying health conditions, the NHS said.
Their families have been informed.