Wednesday, February 21

Deaths in England rise to 128



The number of people who have died after contracting coronavirus in England has risen to 128.

Earlier, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said three more people in Scotland had died after testing positive for coronavirus, taking the country’s total number of deaths to six.

She said the number doubled as she addressed MSPs in Holyrood, sending her condolences to those who had loved ones.

The total number of people in Scotland who have contracted COVID-19 stands at 266 a rise of 39 in 24 hours. She said the figure was likely to be an underestimate of the true prevalence of the infection.

The number of cases in Wales has also increased, with 24 new confirmed cases bringing its total to 170. The figures come after Northern Ireland recorded its first death on Thursday. The virus outbreak has continued to affect people’s lives across Britain.

A partial shutdown of the London Underground started on Thursday as up to 40 stations that do not interchange with other lines were closed until further notice.

Gavin Williamson told Sky News the full details including who would decide those GCSE and A-level grades and what appeals process would be available would be revealed on Friday.

Up to 20,000 service personnel will be put on standby to help combat the coronavirus, with troops gearing up to drive oxygen tankers, support the police and boost hospital capacity.