Ten more people in the UK have died in the last 24 hours after testing positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths to 21.

The UK government’s chief medical adviser said the patients were all in “at-risk” groups from across England.

The total number of confirmed cases in the UK has reached 1,140 while 37,746 people have been tested.

It comes as US President Donald Trump decided to suspend all travel between the US and the UK and Ireland.

Meanwhile France has ordered non-essential locations used by the public to close, and has asked citizens to go out as little as possible. Several European countries have closed their borders or shut their airports.

US vice president Mike Pence said the ban would begin at midnight on Monday eastern standard time following a “unanimous recommendation” from health experts.

The US has already banned travel from 26 European countries.

Of the latest deaths in the UK, eight were men aged over 80 and all but one were known to have had underlying health conditions.

They were being treated in hospitals in Buckinghamshire, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Leicester, London and Chester.

Prof Chris Whitty, the UK government’s chief medical adviser, said: “I understand this increase in the number of deaths linked to Covid-19 will be a cause for concern for many. The public should know every measure we are taking is seeking to save lives and protect the most vulnerable.”

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