A further 14 people have died in 24 hours after being diagnosed with coronavirus in England, the Department of Health has said, bringing the death toll in the UK to 71. The new figure was announced as the NHS moved to cancel all non-emergency surgery.
A statement from NHS England said: “A further 14 people, who tested positive for the coronavirus (Covid-19) have died.
“Patients were aged between 93 and 45 years old and had underlying health conditions. Their families have been informed.”
A second person in Scotland – a patient who was elderly and had underlying health conditions – has also died, Scotland’s chief medical officer Dr Catherine Calderwood said.