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UPDATE on coronavirus (#COVID19) testing in the UK:
As of 9am 31 March, a total of 143,186 people have been tested of which 25,150 tested positive.
As of 5pm on 30 March, of those hospitalised in the UK, 1,789 have sadly died. pic.twitter.com/ctiAd1ty9p
- Department of Health and Social Care (@DHSCgovuk) March 31, 2020
In today's update, the Department of Health and Social Care reported that 143,186 people have been tested now with 25,150 results returning positive.
As of 5pm yesterday (30 March) 1,789 people that had been hospitalised have sadly died.
This is an additional 381 on yesterday's figures which revealed that as of 5pm on 29 March 1,409 people had passed away.
Yesterday, the UK government announced that all parts of the country is on 'emergency footing' during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Talking during today's briefing Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said it would be an 'unprecedented step' for Britain during peacetime and is unlike anything the Government has had to do since World War II.
The emergency footing, a status usually reserved for when a nation is under a state of war, will aim to bring emergency services closer together.
He added: "This means that we are establishing strategic co-ordination centres across the whole country. Each centre is led by gold commanders.
"We are bringing together senior members of the emergency services, the police, fire and ambulance service, with local authorities and the NHS, to lead communities through this challenging period."
He went on to say that members of the armed forces as well as 'some of the finest military planners in the world' were working with these groups across the country to come up with a 'local response' to covid-19.
"They will be using their expertise, judgement and leadership to ensure a comprehensive, coordinated and consistent response across the country," he continued.
Jenrick said the Government 'will not stop' to get personal protective equipment (PPE) to those who need it most.
"We simply cannot and should not ask people to be on the front line without the right protective equipment," he added.
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