Ten more patients have died in England after testing positive for Covid-19, bringing the coronavirus death toll to 21 in the UK.
A number of the patients, who were over 60, had underlying health conditions, NHS England said.
The 10 patients were being cared for by nine trusts including Buckinghamshire, Sandwell & West Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Leicester, Barts, London, north Middlesex and Chester.
Professor Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England, said: “I am sorry to confirm 10 further patients who have tested positive for Covid-19 in England have died.
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“All 10 individuals were in the at risk groups. I understand this increase in the number of deaths linked to Covid-19 will be a cause for concern for many.
“The public should know every measure we are taking is seeking to save lives and protect the most vulnerable.
“Every single one of us has a role to play in achieving this. If you have a new continuous cough or high temperature, please stay at home for seven days.
“I also encourage everyone to be washing their hands for 20 seconds regularly.
“I offer my sincere condolences to the families and friends who have received this difficult news. I ask that their privacy is respected at this time.”
The UK is dealing with a rising number of cases of the illness and this announcement sees the death toll in the UK double.
On Friday, the number of positive cases was 798 and there was a death toll of 11.