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Sat Mar 14, 2020, 12:38 PM

Coronavirus death toll in UK doubles in 24 hours

The coronavirus death toll in the UK has doubled in just 24 hours, with the number of confirmed cases of the disease surging by hundreds overnight.

Ten more patients, all of whom had underlying health conditions, have died after contracting the virus – bringing the total fatalities in the country so far to 21.

The deaths came as the number of people in the UK testing positive for Covid-19 rose from 798 on Friday to 1,140 on Saturday, the Department of Health and Social Care said.

On Saturday, World Health Organization spokeswoman Margaret Harris questioned the government’s “herd immunity” strategy, which relies on large numbers of people – around 60% of the population – getting the disease and becoming immune as a result.


Meanwhile, before 7:30am in a supermarket:

The trouble is, the more other people clear the shelves, the more you have to buy things for yourself when you can "just in case", because you don't know if you'll find them again in the next few shopping trips you make.

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