Coronavirus: Number of UK cases jumps 407 to 1,950

James Morris
Senior news reporter, Yahoo News UK
A woman in central London wears a face mask as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus. (Steve Taylor/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The number of coronavirus cases in the UK has jumped to 1,950.

The latest figures, announced by the government on Tuesday afternoon, mark an increase of 407 from Monday’s figure of 1,543 positive cases.

This is the biggest day-to-day increase since the outbreak began. The previous highest increase was 330 on Sunday.

It was later announced the death toll has risen 14 to 71.

The spread of coronavirus continued to impact day-to-life and businesses in Britain on Tuesday, as:

  • The Archbishop of Canterbury announced public worship is “suspended until further notice” – though a Church of England spokesman said weddings and funerals could still go ahead

  • Fashion chain Laura Ashley filed for administration after rescue talks were thwarted by the Covid-19 outbreak

  • The Tate announced its museums (two in London, one in Liverpool and one in Set Ives) will be closed until 1 May

  • Vue, Odeon, Cineworld and Picturehouse announced the indefinite closure of all its cinemas

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Meanwhile, foreign secretary Dominic Raab announced British citizens are being advised against non-essential foreign travel for 30 days.

It comes after Boris Johnson introduced “drastic” new measures as part of the government’s plan intended to slow the spread of Covid-19. The prime minister:

  • Urged people to stop non-essential contact with others, even if they are not showing symptoms

  • Said anyone in a household where someone is showing symptoms should self-isolate for two weeks

  • Withdrew state support for mass gatherings

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