Coronavirus: Number of UK deaths rises above 1,000


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The number of people to have died with the coronavirus in the UK has reached 1,019.

The latest government figures on Saturday showed there were another 260 deaths in the UK in a day, up from 759 on Friday.

There are now 17,089 confirmed cases in the UK.

It comes as the government said it was ramping up testing for frontline hospital staff who have symptoms, or who live with people who have symptoms.

Critical care doctors and nurses will be prioritised first, with testing expected to follow for A&E staff, paramedics and GPs.

In Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, health workers are already being tested.

The new deaths include a further 246 people in England, with patients aged between 33 and 100 years old.

All of them had underlying health conditions except 13 people, who were aged 63 and over.

Scotland recorded a further seven deaths, bringing its total to 40, while four more people died in Wales, taking the total to 38.

In Northern Ireland, two further people with Covid-19 died, taking the toll to 15.

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