Coronavirus deaths hit 36 in Britain as cases surge to 1,543 and killer bug grips UK – The Sun

CORONAVIRUS deaths today hit 36 in Britain as cases surge to 1,543 – a jump of 171 more from yesterday.

The first patient in Wales died at Wrexham Maelor Hospital as 30 more coronavirus cases were recorded.

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It comes as the UK's youngest victim, 59-year-old Nick Matthews, died from COVID-19 early on Saturday after he developed symptoms holidaying in Spain.

Yesterday cases across the UK increased from 1,140 to 1,391 in less than a day.

In England a further 14 people have died. The victims were aged between 59 and 94 years old and had underlying health conditions.

On Sunday evening, the government confirmed four more people, all with underlying health issues, have died from the virus in the North West of England.

A man in his 80s and a woman in her 70s passed away at North Manchester General Hospital while a 91-year-old died at Wythenshawe Hospital.

The fourth victim was a man in his 80s who was being treated at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust.

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It comes as the government is preparing to ramp up its efforts in tackling the virus.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said people aged 70 will have to self-isolate for up to four months.

Pressed on when the measure will be introduced, he said: "Certainly in the coming weeks, absolutely.

"The measures that we're taking, the measures that we're looking at taking, are very, very significant and they will disrupt the ordinary lives of almost everybody in the country in order to tackle this virus."

He also confirmed that ministers were seeking to give police powers to arrest and forcibly quarantine people who are sick with the virus but are not self-isolating.

He said: "We are going to take the powers to make sure that we can quarantine people if they are a risk to public health, yes, and that's important.

"I doubt that actually we will need to use it much, because people have been very responsible."

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