Coronavirus update: Bucks cases near 350 mark as almost 900 more people die in the UK

881 more people have died from coronavirus in the United Kingdom, the latest daily figures show. It takes the total number of deaths across the country to 7,978 in the past five weeks.

Thursday, 9th April 2020, 5:30 pm
Updated Thursday, 9th April 2020, 5:32 pm

65,077 people have now tested positive for the disease in the UK but only a fraction of the population has been tested.

In Buckinghamshire, there are 342 confirmed cases of coronavirus, not including Milton Keynes. This number is expected to rise when the latest data becomes available.

Today, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson is spending his fourth day in the intensive care unit at St Thomas' Hospital but the message from Downing Street is that he is improving.

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Globally, more than 1.5 million have now been infected with coronavirus and 91,720 have died.

The latest NHS advice to help stop the spread of coronavirus is that you should only leave the house for one of the four following reasons:

- Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible

- One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your household

- Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person

- Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home

- Ensure you are two metres apart from anyone outside of your household

You should also:

- Wash your hands with soap and water often – for at least 20 seconds

- Wash your hands as soon as you get home

- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

- Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands

- Not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean