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The UK's coronavirus death toll has risen by 181 in 24 hours. As of 5pm yesterday (26 March) it stood at 759, according to the Department for Health and Social Care.
UPDATE on coronavirus (#COVID19) testing in the UK:
As of 9am 27 March, a total of 113,777 have been tested:
As of 5pm on 26 March, of those hospitalised in the UK, 759 have sadly died. pic.twitter.com/MBuOB994N4
- Department of Health and Social Care (@DHSCgovuk) March 27, 2020
As of 9am this morning (27 March) the number of people tested was at 113,777, with 99,198 of those testing negative. The other 14,579 results came back positive.
While the number of positive and negative tests are being sent out on the day, the government is releasing the death toll as of 5pm the previous day - to give people accurate information.
Yesterday, death toll figures were released for 25 March and the amount was 578 - this was followed by a 181 rise in today's update.
To ensure data can be verified and published in a timely, consistent way, we are moving to a new system for publication of deaths.
The latest figures counted from the previous day (for a period from 5pm-5pm) will be published at 2pm the following day.
- Department of Health and Social Care (@DHSCgovuk) March 26, 2020
The latest people to announce they have tested positive for the coronavirus (Covid-19) are UK PM Boris Johnson and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock.
Earlier today (27 March), Johnson confirmed the news on his Twitter account, sharing a video updating the public of his condition.
In the video shared on his social media channel, the country's leader said that, following advice from the Chief Medical Officer, he was tested for the deadly disease.
However, despite displaying 'mild symptoms' of a temperature and persistent cough, assured the country that he would be 'working from home' and continuing his duties.
The 55-year-old said: "I can continue, thanks to the wizardry of modern medicine, to communicate with all my top team to lead the national fightback against coronavirus.
"And I want to thank everyone who's involved, of course, above all, our amazing NHS staff. It was very moving last night to join in that national clap for the NHS."
On his video, which was posted to Twitter as well, he said: "I've been working from home over the last couple of days, because everybody who can work from home should work from home.
"I've also had some mild symptoms of coronavirus and, upon medical advice, I was tested and that test was positive so I'll be self isolating here until next Thursday.
"Fortunately for me, the symptoms so far have been very mild so I've be able to carry on with the work, driving forward the UK response."
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