Over 14,000 people in the UK test positive for coronavirus

Mar 28, 2020 8:21 PM ET

The Department of Health announced on Friday, “As of 9am 27 March, a total of 113,777 have been tested, 99,198 negative.”

There are now 14,579 people across the UK with coronavirus. The UK total deaths now stands at 769, up by 168 in 24 hours, up by 31%.

Public Health Wales announced another six people had died in Wales, taking its death count from 28 to a total of 34, whilst 80 new cases test positive fir coronavirus in Wales, taking the total to 921.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Friday her country has eight more deaths, bringing the total to 33. Scotland saw a rise in positive cases by 165, from 894, with the total now standing at 1,059.

Northern Ireland’s Public Health Agency confirmed three more people had died there after testing positive for coronavirus, taking its total to 13.

Northern Island have also seen another 34 cases reported, bringing the total number to 275.

Boris Johnson announced on Friday that he has tested positive for coronavirus after suffering with “mild symptoms” and is now self-isolating.

The Prime Minster tweeted, “Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus.

“I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus.

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock has also tested positive with “mild symptoms” of coronavirus, just hours after the Prime Minister announced he also has the virus, striking the heart of British government.

Hancock said via Twitter, “Following medical advice, I was advised to test for Coronavirus. I‘ve tested positive.

Public Health England (PHE) appeared to provide hope that one million home testing kits for coronavirus could be sent out within weeks.

Professor Yvonne Doyle, medical director at PHE, confirmed plans were in place for “a million tests that people can do themselves.”

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