Coronavirus cases in UK rise to 319: Health ministry

Commuters walk through Canary Wharf, as the number of coronavirus cases grow around the world and as European stocks plunge into bear market territory, in London March 9, 2020. (Reuters)

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom has risen to 319 cases, the Ministry of Health said on Monday.

So far in Britain, three people who contracted the virus have died, the health ministry said.

On Sunday, the Department of Health and Social Care said on Twitter that the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United Kingdom has risen to 273, up from 209 a day earlier, and the biggest one-day increase so far.

More than 23,500 people in Britain have been tested for the virus, the government said.

Earlier on Sunday, finance minister Rishi Sunak said the government would invest whatever was needed to deal with the spread of the virus, including more money for the health service and help to companies suffering short-term cash flow problems.

The government has also set out details of planned emergency legislation, including the possibility of holding more court proceedings via telephone or video link, and steps to protect the jobs of those who volunteer for the health service.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:57 - GMT 06:57
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