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UK coronavirus death toll surges, surpassing 1,000

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The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in Britain has risen to 1,019 up from 759 the day before, according to government figures released Saturday.

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"As of 5:00pm on March 27, 2020, 1,019 patients in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have died," the health ministry said, while more than 17,000 people have been infected.

The rising death toll comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday he had tested positive for coronavirus and was self-isolating but would still lead the governments response to the outbreak.

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