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Coronavirus: Biggest rise in deaths in a day as UK total hits 177


The number of people who have died in the UK after contracting coronavirus has risen to 177 after England saw 39 more deaths – the biggest rise in a day.

It comes after a third person – a 71-year-old with underlying health conditions – died in Wales after contracting COVID-19, according to authorities there on Friday morning.

Northern Ireland also confirmed testing there had resulted in nine new positive cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Northern Ireland to 86.

As of 9am on Friday, 3,983 had tested positive for COVID-19 across the country.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the UK "can turn the tide" against coronavirus in the next 12 weeks – but subsequently admitted the government "don't know how long" the crisis will last for.


Speaking at a Downing Street news conference on Thursday, Mr Johnson revealed the government is in talks to buy "hundreds of thousands" of tests to reveal if people are immune.

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He also said the first British patient had been put in a randomised trial for a treatment for COVID-19.

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Mr Johnson thanked Britons for their "huge efforts" in complying with government advice on stopping the spread of the disease.

He said: "We're asking students to put their education on hold, we're asking people not to socialise in the normal way and already we can see the impact this is having on the UK economy and on business, on great, great companies.

"So it's vital that we in government stand behind them when what we are asking everyone to do is so crucial for saving literally thousands of lives by fighting this virus."

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock urged Britons to follow the government's coronavirus advice – saying life will return to normal more quickly if everyone does so.

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