The number of coronavirus cases in the UK has now reached 373, a rise of 54 on Monday’s figure.

It comes as a man in his early 80s became the sixth person to die in the UK with the virus.

Meanwhile, a number of airlines have cut thousands of flights, including to and from Italy, following the outbreak.

Earlier, England’s deputy chief medical officer defended the decision to delay closing schools and introducing other stringent measures.

Dr Jenny Harries said experts are assessing new cases on an hourly basis to achieve a “balanced response”.

The latest figures as of 9:00 GMT on Tuesday, include 324 cases in England, 27 in Scotland,16 in Northern Ireland and six in Wales.

Of the cases in England, there are 91 in London, with the next highest infected area being the South East, which has 51 cases.

Map showing the number of coronavirus cases in different regions of the UK

The latest death, on Monday evening, was a man with underlying health conditions who was being looked after at Watford General Hospital, the West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust said.

He caught the virus in the UK and officials are trying to trace who he was in contact with, the country’s chief medical adviser Prof Chris Whitty said.

Source: BBC News


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