Coronavirus has killed a further 40 people, up from 104, in the UK, taking the UK total to 144 in just 24 hours.

According to NHS England, a further 29 patients in England died from COVID_19 after contracting the virus.

Victims are believed to of all been between 47 and 96-years-old, and all fatales had underlying health problems.

Earlier today, Scotland announced three more had died, taking the country’s death toll to 6.

As well as this, a further two people have lost their lives in Wales, with 24 cases confirmed across the country.

Northern Ireland also reported the country’s first COVID-19 fatality, despite the country implementing strict lockdown protocols.

Northern Ireland has just 77 cases, Public Health Agency reports, a figure which is believed to represent quick action from the Irish government.

Republic of Ireland's Government ordered all pubs to close their doors from midnight the day before St Patrick's Day – a move which it believed was "essential" to public health.

It varies greatly to the coronavirus approach Boris Johnson has taken for much of England amid calls to shut down London – the region which has the most deaths.

Johnson said the evidence suggests Londoners are doing well at obeying social distancing advice during a press conference on Thursday.

The Prime Minister acknowledged in some areas of the city the response to advice has been "patchy" but shut down rumours nonetheless.

Boris Johnson has been reluctant to put any kind of time frame on the pandemic, but said that he expects the UK to get a grip on the virus by June.

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"I want us to get on top of it," he told media, and acknowledged that the virus doesn't yet seem to be responding to the interventions put in place by the British government.

He said it's vital that all Brits follow medical advice and practice social distancing and self-isolation in order for coronavirus to be defeated.

Johnson said: "It will make a huge, huge difference if we all do it together."

He expects the "curve to come down" as testing is rolled out further, referring to the medical practice of "flattening the curve" of transmitted cases.

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