Eight Things You Need To Know About Coronavirus Today

Sarah Turnnidge

Updated: See the latest stories on the coronavirus outbreak.

The UK has ordered thousands of ventilators to help the NHS cope with coronavirus, and more than a thousand people have died in the US. 

The latest official figures show: 

  • At least 9,529 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK
  • 474 people are now confirmed to have died, after Scotland announced three further fatalities on Thursday afternoon and Wales a further six. Figures for England and Northern Ireland have not yet been announced.

According to a global tally updated by John Hopkins University, the number of cases has grown to more than 472,000 worldwide, with the death toll surpassing 21,000. 

Here’s what you need to know about coronavirus today:

Second prisoner dies after contracting coronavirus  

A 66-year-old man, who was serving a sentence at HMP Manchester, has died after contracting the virus. 

A second serving UK prisoner has died after contracting coronavirus, a Prison Service spokesperson has said.

The 66-year-old man, who was serving at HMP Manchester, died in hospital on March 26.

He had been receiving end-of-life care for an underlying condition before he tested positive for Covid-19.

It comes after an 84-year-old man who was an inmate at HMP Littlehey in Cambridgeshire died in hospital on March 22 after contracting coronavirus.

At least seven women's prisons have reportedly seen cases of the virus, HuffPost UK revealed on Wednesday, with inmates warning of horrific sanitary conditions. 

One prisoner at HMP Downview in Surrey said the system had “completely broken down," with a lack of testing despite inmates allegedly displaying symptoms. 

New field hospitals could be set up in Manchester and Birmingham 

The Excel centre, where the NHS Nightingale Hospital is being set up ready for use next week. 

Downing Street has indicated that additional coronavirus field hospitals are being considered around the UK.

The PM’s official spokesperson said 500 of the additional 4,000 beds created in the NHS Nightingale Hospital being set up in London’s Excel centre will be available for use next week.

Asked if convention centres in Birmingham and Manchester are also being considered, he...

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