Coronavirus: sharp rise in UK death toll as hospitals prepare for a surge in cases – BBC News

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The day after the UK government announced strict new measures to limit the spread of coronavirus, three young doctors working in the accident & emergency department of a London hospital have issued a stark warning to Britain.

They said they are seeing people in their 20s and 30s who are very sick and they said that the surge of cases was only just beginning.

On Tuesday the death toll from coronavirus rose by 87 – the biggest daily rise so far. 422 people have now lost their lives.

It was also revealed that a new field hospital is being opened next week at a conference centre in East London that can take up to 4,000 patients.

And the government has launched a volunteer scheme to recruit 250 thousand people to help vulnerable people cope while they are confined to their homes.

BBC News at Ten presented by Sophie Raworth with reports from the BBC’s Health Editor Hugh Pym, Medical Correspondent Fergus Walsh and Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg.

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