More than 1,000 people in the UK have now died due to coronavirus, according to the Department of Health.
A total of 120,776 people have been tested for Covid-19 as of 9am today with 17,089 positive results.
And as of 5pm on Friday, of those hospitalised in the UK, 1,019 have died.
The jump in coronavirus-related deaths in the UK from 759 to 1,019 is an increase of 260 – by far the biggest day-on-day rise in the number of deaths since the outbreak began.
It means the total number of deaths is 34 per cent higher than the equivalent figure yesterday. This is the largest day-on-day percentage increase since March 18, when the total rose from 71 to 104 (a 46 per cent jump).
It took 13 days for the number of deaths in the UK to go from one to just over 100. It has taken a further 10 days for the total to go from just over 100 to just over 1,000.
Meanwhile the number of people tested in the UK for coronavirus has now passed 120,000. Just under 50,000 tests (47,958) were carried out in the seven days to 9am March 28.
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In the previous seven days the number was 35,072.
The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK now stands at 17,089. One week ago, on March 21, the total stood at 5,018.
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