UK coronavirus death toll surges to 1,228, number of cases rises to 19,522

UK coronavirus death toll surges to 1,228, number of cases rises to 19,522
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The death toll from the coronavirus in the UK has jumped by 209 people in the last 24 hours bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 1,228 so far, according to the UK Department of Health and Social Care.

The number of coronavirus cases has surged to 19,522, the UK Department of Health and Social Care reported.

In the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Minister Matt Hancock have tested positive for the coronavirus, while Chief Medical Officer for England Chris Whitty is self-isolating over COVID-19 symptoms.

Earlier this week, London's second-largest airport, Gatwick, said that it would close one of its two terminals beginning on 1 April, as passenger traffic has fallen amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The UK has implemented several stringent social distancing measures in recent weeks to combat the spread of the virus. The government has issued warnings against all non-essential travel, tightened its borders, and restricted public gatherings.

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