Over 1,000 people in the UK have coronavirus

New data about the coronavirus has been released Picture: Tim Goode/PA Wire

New data about the coronavirus has been released Picture: Tim Goode/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Latest Government figures have shown that the number of people with coronavirus has risen to 1,140.

It's not clear at this stage how many of these cases are in the East of England or Suffolk at this stage. Further breakdowns on the figures are expected this afternoon.

The number of people in the UK who have died from the condition is now 21.

Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England, said he was sorry to confirm the ten deaths of COVID-19 patients.

He said: 'All ten 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 many.

'The public should know every measure we are taking is seeking to save lives and protect the most vulnerable.'

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Mr Whitty said that each member of the public had a 'role to play' in protecting vulnerable people and encouraged those with symptoms to self-isolate for seven days.

He added: '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.'

Suffolk still only has one case at this stage; a traveller who had recently returned from Italy.

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

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