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Coronavirus Kent: Jump of 50 cases to 280 as number of UK deaths passes 1,000

The number of cases of coronavirus in Kent has increased by 50 to 280.

The figure comes as the nationwide toll has passed the 1,000 mark.

The deadly COVID-19 bug
The deadly COVID-19 bug

Of the Kent cases, 50 are from Medway, a rise of two on yesterday's announced figures.

Latest UK figures show that 1,019 people hospitalised in the UK have now died of coronavirus, as of 5pm yesterday.

And as of 9am today, a total of 17,089 people have tested positive, out of 120,776 people tested.

The number of UK deaths was an increase of 260 on the previous day's figure of 759.

It comes as hospitals in Kent have made some big changes to help staff cope with the ongoing coronavirus.

In just a few weeks, the number of critical care beds across the hospitals in the county have tripled.

The government has also announced that 18,000 medical staff have returned to the NHS this week in the fight against coronavirus and said that testing would be "dramatically stepped up" over the weekend and next week to allow more to return to work.

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