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UPDATE on coronavirus (#COVID19) testing in the UK:
As of 9am on 21 March, a total of 72,818 have been tested:
As of 9am, 233 patients who tested positive for coronavirus have sadly died.
The digital dashboard will be updated later today. pic.twitter.com/BqIBXZrOQW
- Department of Health and Social Care (@DHSCgovuk) March 21, 2020
The update also revealed that the UK death toll has risen to 233 after 53 more fatalities were announced.
According to Sky News, NHS England said the patients who died were aged between 41 and 94 and all had underlying health conditions.
These latest figures come following the announcement from Prime Minister Boris Johnson that all pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants must close in a bid to tackle the spread of the virus.
In addition to this, all of the UK's nightclubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres have been told to close 'as soon as they reasonably can,' with many freezing memberships.
Speaking at a daily Downing Street press briefing, Mr Johnson said: "We are collectively telling cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants to close tonight as soon as they reasonably can and not to open tomorrow, though to be clear they can continue to provide take out services .
"We're also telling nightclubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres to close on the same time scale. These are places where people come together and indeed the whole purpose, in many cases of these businesses, is to bring people together.
"But the sad thing is today, for now, at least physically we need to keep people apart. I want to stress that we will review the situation each month to see if we can relax any of these measures.
"Some people may of course be tempted to go out tonight and I say to you please don't. You may thing that you're invincible but there's no guarantee that you will get mild symptoms and you can still be a carrier of the disease and pass it on to others."
Earlier today it was announced by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary George Eustice that there will be no shortage of food in the UK.
During a televised media briefing this afternoon (21 March) he explained: "There is more than enough food to go around and our food supply chain is able to expand production to cope with increased demand.
"In the last week sales of some foods have increased significantly and manufacturers have produced around 50 percent more food than they usually would. There is no shortage of food available and more is arriving at shops every day.
"The challenge that all of our retailers have faced is keeping shelves stocked throughout the day in the face of increased purchasing behaviour."
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