Ten More Patients In UK Die After Testing Positive For Coronavirus
This brings the total number of deaths in the UK to 21, of which 20 are specifically in England.
Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, confirmed that all of the patients had been in 'at risk groups'.
As of 9am on Saturday (14 March), the total number of confirmed cases in the UK sits at 1,140 - with 37,746 people having been tested - although the government said yesterday it estimates the true number of cases to be around 5,000 to 10,000.
Whitty said: "I am sorry to confirm 10 further patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 in England have died.
"All 10 individuals were in the at risk groups.
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"I understand this increase in the number of deaths linked to COVID-19 will be a cause for concern for many. The public should know every measure we are taking is seeking to save lives and protect the most vulnerable. Every single one of us has a role to play in achieving this.
"If you have a new continuous cough or high temperature, please stay at home for seven days. I also encourage everyone to be washing their hands for 20 seconds regularly.
"I offer my sincere condolences to the families and friends who have received this difficult news. I ask that their privacy is respected at this time."
The patients were being treated at the following NHS Trusts: Barts Health NHS Trust (two patients); Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust; Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust; Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust; University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust; St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust; London North West University; and Countess of Chester Hospital Healthcare NHS Trust.
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