More than 8,000 coronavirus cases confirmed in UK after biggest daily rise so far

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in teh UK has risen to more than 8,000 Picture: PHILIP TO

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in teh UK has risen to more than 8,000 Picture: PHILIP TOSCANO/PA WIRE - Credit: PA

More than 1,400 new cases of coronavirus have been recorded in the UK in the last 24 hours, the biggest rise so far.

In the government’s regular afternoon announcement on Tuesday, March 24, 8,077 people are confirmed to have contracted the virus – up from 6,650 cases from Monday.

Despite the official daily figures it is widely accepted that there are more unconfirmed cases across the country.

Now 422 of those who have tested positive have since died - 87 in the last 24 hours.

MORE: Join our Suffolk Coronavirus Updates group on Facebook for the latest updatesRegional figures are yet to be released by Public Health England, although are expected later in the day.

As of yesterday, March 23, 22 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Suffolk and a further 67 in Essex.

The total number of cases in the East of England increased to 351.

It is not known who the people are or where they are being treated at this time.

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