Seven Things You Need To Know About Coronavirus Today

Jasmin Gray

 Updated: See the latest stories on the coronavirus outbreak.

The UK has now been in lockdown for a week in a bid to tackle the spread of coronavirus.  

Official figures – which were released on Monday afternoon – show that so far: 


  • 22,141 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK.
  • So far 1,408 people in hospital have died after contracting Covid-19. Since then, another 13 deaths have been recorded in Scotland, first minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced, bringing the country’s total to 60. Updated figures are expected for England, Wales and Northern Ireland later in the day. 


Coronavirus Stats

Here’s the latest on Covid-19: 

Belgian authorities say 12-year-old girl has died of coronavirus

Authorities in Belgium say a 12-year-old girl has died of coronavirus, the youngest known victim of the disease in Europe so far.

It is not yet known whether she had any underlying health conditions.

Announcing the news on Tuesday, national coronavirus crisis-centre spokesperson Emmanuel Andre said it was “an emotionally difficult moment, because it involves a child, and it has also upset the medical and scientific community”.

“We are thinking of her family and friends. It is an event that is very rare, but one which upsets us greatly,” the Associated Press reported Andre said.

No details about the girl were provided.

In Belgium, 98 people had died from the disease over the last 24 hours, bringing the total toll to 705 in a country of about 11.5m people. More than 12,705 cases have been confirmed in total so far. 

Coronavirus caused 1% of all deaths in England and Wales in a week

Ambulances outside the ExCel Centre, which is being turned into a 4000 bed temporary hospital for coronavirus patients in London

Coronavirus accounted for 1% of all deaths in England and Wales in the week ending March 20, figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal – 103 cases in total.

The new stats include people dying outside of hospitals whose death certificates mentioned Covid-19, including in combination with other health conditions.

By contrast, official numbers from the Department for Health and...

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