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Coronavirus: 11 more deaths take UK total to 244

Eleven more more people have died after after testing positive for coronavirus in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – taking the UK total to 244.

There have been seven fatalities in Wales over the last 24 hours, taking its total to 12 and a further three in Scotland, where the number of deaths overall now stands at 10.

Meanwhile, an elderly patient with an underlying medical condition has become the second person to die in Northern Ireland after testing positive for coronavirus.

An update on confirmed coronavirus cases and casualties for England is expected later.

Health officials said another 71 people had tested positive for coronavirus in Wales, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 347.

In Scotland, 416 have now tested positive for the virus.

The chief medical officer for Wales Dr Frank Atherton, said: “It is with deep sadness I can confirm a further seven deaths of patients in Wales who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

“This takes the number of deaths in Wales to 12.”

He added: “My thoughts are with their families and friends, and I ask that their privacy is respected at this very sad time.”

The Welsh government said five people had died in the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, one in Nevill Hall, Abergavenny, and one in Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil.

All were in the high-risk category, either over 70 or with underlying health conditions, according to the authorities.

London continues to account for more than a third of all UK deaths – an increase of 19 on Saturday, eight of which were at the London North West Healthcare NHS Trust.

The capital has seen 90 fatalities, followed by 42 in the South East, 32 in the West Midlands, 19 in the North West, 12 in the South West, nine in the East Midlands, eight in Yorkshire and the Humber and four in the North East.

There are now more than 300,000 confirmed cases worldwide, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University.

There have also been about 13,000 deaths globally.

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has refused to rule out a UK lockdown if the public ignores advice aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 and ease pressure on the NHS, warning that it “isn’t a game”.

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