A total of 177 patients have died in the United Kingdom after testing positive for coronavirus, the health ministry said on Friday, up from 144 on Thursday.
As of Friday morning, 3,983 people had tested positive for the virus across the country, out of 66,976 who had been tested.
On Friday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told cafes, pubs and restaurants across the country to close and to stay shut indefinitely to help slow the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.
“We are telling cafes, bars and restaurants to close tonight as soon as they reasonably can and not to open tomorrow,” Johnson told reporters in Downing Street. “Though to be clear, they can continue to provide takeout services.
“Some people may of course be tempted to go out tonight, and I say to those people, ‘please don’t,'” Johnson said.
He said the government had to enforce the closure of cafes, pubs, restaurants as well as gyms and leisure centres to slow the spread of the virus.
“We’re also telling nightclubs, theatres, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres to close on the same timescale,” Johnson said. “The sad thing is today, for now, at least physically, we need to keep people apart.”
Johnson’s finance minister Rishi Sunak said the government was stepping in to pay businesses hit by the coronavirus outbreak not to lay off workers.