Record high of 676 new UK coronavirus cases in one day - total now 2,626

PUBLISHED: 14:35 18 March 2020 | UPDATED: 17:44 18 March 2020

A woman walks along St Helens Street in a mask  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

A woman walks along St Helens Street in a mask Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN


The government has released the latest number of people confirmed to have coronavirus in the UK.

676 more people have been found positive for the virus, with 5,779 more tests completed.

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This takes the total number of people who have had the disease up to 2,626 in the UK.

The government has completed a total of 56,221 tests so far but are not testing everyone who has symptoms.

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Those with mild symptoms are being advised to self-isolate unless hospital care is needed.

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According to NHS England, a further 32 people in England have died while a further death was reported in Scotland, taking the UK total to 104.

As of March 17, 93 people in the East of England have tested positive for the virus while there are just three cases in Suffolk. Regional figures for March 18 are expected this evening.

Four patients are being treated at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. One person has sadly died at the Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford.

The government has advised everyone who can to work from home and to stop all but essential contact.

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