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Coronavirus in Hertfordshire March 27: PM and Health Secretary now have coronavirus

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    It has been a dramatic day with both the Prime Minister and Health Secretary announcing they have both tested positive for coronavirus.
  • They are both self-isolating at home.
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  • It comes on a day when the Department for Health confirmed the number of coronavirus-related deaths in the UK rose by more than 180.
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  • As of 5pm on Thursday, of those hospitalised in the UK, 759 have died.
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  • In England, 689 patients who have tested positive for Covid-19 have died.
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  • NHS England said the patients were aged between 29 and 98 years old and all but four - aged between 82 and 91 - had underlying health conditions. Their families have been informed.
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  • The Department of Health added the number of people in the UK who had tested positive for Covid-19 was now 14,579 as of 9am on Friday, up from 11,658 at the same point on Thursday.
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  • A total of 113,777 people have been tested with 99,198 testing negative.
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  • In Hertfordshire, 206 positive cases of Covid-19 have been identified. There have been eight confirmed deaths in the county.
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  • Today, police have been exercising their new powers to enforce the coronavirus lockdown in the UK.
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  • This means that from now on, those who flout the rules and advice to stay at home could be hit with fines from £30 – and disobedient people can be arrested.
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  • Take a look at the blog below to see other updates from across Hertfordshire today.