Coronavirus deaths in UK surges by 14 as pandemic gets worse

A further 14 people have died after being diagnosed with coronavirus in England, the Department of Health has announced.

This brings the death toll in the UK to 69, although PA has also reported that the NHS says the toll is now 71.

It's believed up to 55,000 people in Britain could be infected, although the number of confirmed cases stands at just over 1,500.

Sir Patrick Vallance, chief scientific adviser to the UK government, told MPs that 55,000 infections would be a "reasonable ballpark figure" – but refused to commit to widespread COVID-19 testing.

He revealed that the government's new plan is to keep deaths below 20,000, and warned: "We simply don't have mass testing capacity available now.

"There are not enough tests. We have to ration them for use where needed."

He also claimed an extra 407 Brits have tested positive for COVID-19.

Last night Prime Minister Boris Johnson said "now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact and to stop all non-essential travel" as he urged people to work from home "where they possibly can".

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