Two further people have died from coronavirus in the UK, bringing the death toll to eight, as the World Health Organisation declares the outbreak a pandemic.
NHS England said the eighth person died in Warwickshire, but did not confirm where the seventh death took place.
The total number of cases in the UK has risen to 456 – the biggest daily increase since the outbreak began – as Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned the UK could hit a peak number of Covid-19 cases within a few months.
In This Story: COVID-19
Covid-19 is the official WHO name given to the novel coronavirus which broke out in late 2019 and began to spread in the early months of 2020.
Symptoms of coronavirus
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a persistent new cough (non productive, dry)
- a high temperature (e.g. head feels warm to the touch)
- shortness of breath (if this is abnormal for the individual, or increased)
Latest News about Covid-19
Below are stories from around the globe related to the 2020 outbreak of novel Coronavirus – since the WHO gave the Covid-19 naming. Most recent items are posted nearest the top.
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In This Story: ITV
ITV (LSE: ITV) is a broadcasting company which was formed from a merger of Granada plc and Carlton Communications in 2004. It holds Channel 3 broadcasting licences in England, Wales, Southern Scotland and the Isle of Man.
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In This Story: Matt Hancock
Matt Hancock is a British Member of Parliament, who is serving as Health Secretary under Prime Minister Boris Johnson.