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London, March 25, 2020
The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United Kingdom has risen to 8,077 as of Tuesday morning, while the number of deaths has reached 422, the Department of Health and Social Care has said.
"As of 9 am on 24 March, 2020, a total of 90,436 people have been tested, of which 82,359 were confirmed negative and 8,077 were confirmed positive. 422 patients in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have died," the department said on its website.
"The risk to the UK has been raised to high," it added.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Monday evening a series of measures to restrict social contact in Britain, so as to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Starting from Monday midnight, those measures, dubbed as "lock down" by local media, allow people in the country to leave their homes only for "very limited purposes".