Almost 1,000 new coronavirus cases in one day as total reaches 6,650 in UK with 335 deaths

There have been almost 1,000 new coronavirus cases in one day as the total reached 6,650 in the UK, new figures revealed.

Monday, 23rd March 2020, 7:43 pm

As of 9am on March 23, a total of 83,945 people have been tested:

77,295 were negative, with 6,650 positive, the Department of Health said.

This is an increase of 967 since Sunday's figures were released.

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As of 1pm, 335 patients who tested positive for coronavirus have sadly died.

What is the current coronavirus advice?

On Saturday pubs, clubs and bars were closed to help prevent large gatherings and reduce the risk of the virus spreading, as far as possible.Anyone with a cough or any symptoms is being asked to self-isolate, while the advice to everyone is to minimise social contact as much as possible, and to only travel if absolutely essential.

Workers have been told to work from home if they can and to avoid going out in public other than for exercise. If you have to go out for food or a walk in an open public space, you must maintain at least two metres' distance to all others at all times.

Everyone should also be washing their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and hot water before leaving home and when returning, and wear gloves outdoors where possible.

Those in vulnerable groups, such as those who need a flu jab or are over 70, are being told to be extra cautious and also isolate themselves.