Deadly coronavirus has taken the lives of more than 300 Brits, jumping from just 281 yesterday, a figure which shows COVID-19 is sweeping the country.

NHS England reported a further people who tested positive for coronavirus have died, bringing the total in England to 303.

UK victims of the virus have been between the ages of 18 and 102, and have all had underlying health conditions.

Earlier today, Public Health Wales confirmed a further four patients in Wales who tested positive for coronavirus died, bringing the total to 16.

Public Health Wales said 71 new cases had tested positive for Covid-19 but warned the true number of cases is likely to be higher.

Dr Giri Shankar, director for the novel coronavirus outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said the virus was now circulating in "every part of Wales."

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also announced a further four people have died after testing positive for coronavirus in Scotland.

Twenty new cases of COVID-19 coronavirus confirmed in Northern Ireland, bringing total to 148, with just two deaths.

During the daily Number 10 coronavirus conference on Sunday, Boris Johnson confirmed 1.5m Brits will be sent NHS letters urging vulnerable Brits to stay in.

The new measures are designed to "shield the most vulnerable" from coronavirus, and those who receive a letter will be asked to isolate for 12 weeks.

Under the new measures, OAPs, cancer victims and heart attack survivors, among others, will be told not to leave their homes, and essentials will be delivered to them.

The Prime Minister enforced social distancing measures on Friday, ordering pubs clubs, theatres and leisure centres to close as of midnight on Saturday.

He also attempted to remind Brits of the importance of social distancing and asked people to "stay home and save lives."

In a tweet, Johnson wrote: "We will get through this together, and we will beat the virus.

"To win this fight, we need everyone to follow our advice: as far as possible, we want you to stay at home.

"The more effectively everyone does this, the faster this country will recover."

Despite this, social distancing was non-existent on Saturday, with reports of large groups of people attempting to climb Mt Snowdon.

A total UK-wide lockdown is expected in the coming week, if Brits continue to ignore expert advice which could stop the spread.

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