Coronavirus now a pandemic - recap

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  • Good morning, we are here live providing the latest updates on coronavirus (Covid-19) in and around Essex and east London.
  • As of Wednesday, March 11, eight people in the UK has died after being tested for coronavirus.
  • Official figures on cases show that 460 people in the UK have now tested positive for coronavirus, with the largest day-on-day jump recorded, and cases more than doubling in just four days.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) declared on Wednesday, March 11, the outbreak of the disease as a pandemic.
  • The government is expected to announce that it is stepping up its response to the coronavirus.
  • This morning movie star Tom Hanks announced he and wife Rita Wilson have been diagnosed with coronavirus.
  • It was also confirmed yesterday that health minister and Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has been diagnosed with the virus.
  • It is anticipated the UK will switch to tactics aimed at delaying its spread, rather than containing it, when the government's emergency committee meets.

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