Coronavirus death toll in UK now 35 as confirmed cases hit 1,372



Fourteen more people in the UK have died in the last 24 hours after testing positive for coronavirus bringing the total number of deaths to 35.

The total number of confirmed cases in the UK has reached 1,372  while  35  people have been tested.

It comes as the government has revealed plans to tell the over-70s to self-isolate.

British manufacturing companies have also  been tasked with increasing the production of ventilators and other medical equipment, while the NHS could also buy up thousands of beds in private hospitals.

In a conference call with manufacturers on Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will urge them to join a ‘national effort’ to tackle the virus.

There has also been widespread panic-buying across the UK with supermarkets now having to ration some items.

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme he was confident shops would have enough supplies, but the government may be forced to take action if people don’t stop stockpiling.

Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump decided to suspend all travel between the U.S. and the UK and Ireland.

It comes as France ordered non-essential locations used by the public to close and asked citizens to go out as little as possible.

Airlines and holiday companies cancelled flights to France and Spain as a result of the growing outbreak in continental Europe.

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