The number of coronavirus deaths in the UK has leaped to 35, and the total number of cases has hit 1,372.
Officials at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) posted the update on social media at about 3.40pm.
A spokesman tweeted: “Update on coronavirus (COVID19) testing in the UK: As of 9am on 15 March, a total of 40,279 have been tested.
“38,907 negative and 1,372 positive.”
He added: “Across the UK, 35 patients who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have sadly died.”
An NHS England spokeswoman told Daily Star Online: "Patients were aged between 59 and 94 years old and had underlying health conditions.
"Their families have been informed."
The number of deaths jumped from 21 to 35 in the space of just 24 hours.
It comes as the Government announced Brits over 70 should self-isolate for up to four months in a bid to curb the spread of the virus.
The Government is reportedly set to introduce the “wartime-style” mobilisation effort to stop the elderly and more vulnerable from getting the virus.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the BBC the advice will not come into force just yet, but that when it does it will “last a very long time”.
Mr Hancock told BBC presenter Andrew Marr that people without symptoms would be able to visit older relatives and friends just as long as they stayed six feet apart from them – what is known as social distancing.
He also called on industry leaders to supply ventilators to the NHS during the coronavirus crisis.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also reportedly ready to order bars, restaurants and pubs to temporarily close as a part of serious measures being prepared by the Government to avoid the NHS from being devastated.
Pubs across the UK are set to close after next weekend in an attempt to stem the tide of the rapid spread of the disease.
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