UK government has confirmed that the number of coronavirus cases in the country reached 163, It is a jump of 48 cases since Thursday – the biggest increase in one day. More than 20,000 people have been tested.
The UK’s first death linked to the virus came on Thursday, after a woman with underlying health conditions in her 70s died in hospital in Reading.
As well as her death in the UK, a British man also died from the virus last month after being infected on the Diamond Princess cruise ship off the coast of Japan.
The Department of Health said 20,338 people had been tested on Friday,
The latest number of confirmed cases comprises 147 cases in England, 11 in Scotland, three in Northern Ireland and two in Wales. On Friday night, a fourth person in Northern Ireland was diagnosed with the virus but their test sample is awaiting verification in a laboratory in England.
However, our earlier report on toilet paper shortages in Australia have also driven UK residents into panic buying. A visit to most retail outlets seems like the panic buying have spread and reached the UK.
A scene at the Sainsbury’s store in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire met an empty shelf.
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The government has updated its advice for Italy – the country in Europe that has been hit worst by the virus and which has seen more than 4,600 cases. The country recorded another 49 deaths on Friday, bringing the total number up to 197.
Travelers who develop symptoms after returning from any part of Italy – not just the north of the country – should self-isolate, while those returning from quarantined areas should self-isolate even without symptoms.