Number of UK coronavirus cases jumps by 643 in 24 hours to 3,269

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( – The number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK has jumped to 3,269 – a massive increase of 643 in one day.

The Department of Health (DoH) updated the figures as the UK death toll reached 144, after 29 patients in England died.

NHS England said they were aged between 47 and 96 years old and they all had underlying health conditions.

It comes as Downing Street dismissed suggestions that London is going to be put on lockdown. The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: ‘There are no plans to close down the transport network in London and there is zero prospect of any restrictions being placed on travelling in and out of London.’

It follows widespread reports of a major lockdown, amid the escalating coronavirus crisis, which has seen London hit more dramatically than the rest of the country.

But Downing Street now says there will not be a one-person limit on people leaving their homes, according to reports which suggest further restrictions on bars and pubs and the closure of non-food shops have not been ruled out.

Earlier today, Northern Ireland recorded the first death of a patient who had coronavirus. The DoH described the patient as ‘elderly’ and said they had an ‘underlying medical condition’.

Health Minister Robin Swann expressed his ‘deep sadness’ at the death. ‘I would once again appeal to everyone to play their part in fighting the spread of this virus,’ he said.

Nicola Sturgeon announced the number of deaths had doubled from three to six as she addressed MSPs at the start of First Minister’s Questions. She also confirmed a rise of 39 in the reported number of coronavirus cases, with this now standing at 266.

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