Coronavirus: 407 cases recorded in 24 hours as UK death toll hits 71
The number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus in the United Kingdom has hit 1,950 – an increase of 407 since Monday
Health officials described it as the biggest single-day jump since the outbreak began. According to the department of health, the death toll has also risen to 71.
The true number of the virus infections is likely much higher than 1,950 as patients with mild symptoms are not being tested and other carriers may not be showing any symptoms, according to officials.
Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific adviser, had earlier said there could be as many as 55,000 coronavirus cases already in the UK, adding that at least 20,00 people may die from the illness.