A fourth person was diagnosed in Northern Ireland late on Friday, taking the number of COVID -19 cases since Thursday to 49 – the biggest increase in one day.
Meanwhile, samples taken from an elderly man who died at Milton Keynes Hospital are currently being investigated for coronavirus.
The BBC understands the man, in his 80s, had underlying health issues but more tests for the virus are ongoing.
The UK’s first death linked to the virus came on Thursday, after a woman with underlying health conditions in her 70s died in hospital in Reading.
As well as her death in the UK, a British man also died from the virus last month after being infected on the Diamond Princess cruise ship off the coast of Japan.
The Department of Health said as of 9:00 GMT on Friday, 20,338 people had been tested.
The latest number of confirmed cases comprises 147 cases in England, 11 in Scotland, three in Northern Ireland and two in Wales. On Friday night, a fourth person in Northern Ireland was diagnosed with the virus but their test sample is awaiting verification in a laboratory in England.
Of the cases in England there are:
- 29 in London
- 24 in the South East
- 22 in the South West
- 21 in the North West
- 13 in the North East and Yorkshire
- 12 in the Midlands
- 11 in the East of England
- 15 not yet confirmed
In Scotland, there are three cases in Grampian, two in Fife, two in Forth Valley and one each in Lothian, Tayside, Ayrshire & Arran and Greater Glasgow & Clyde.
About 45 of the confirmed cases have been self-isolating at home, while 18 people have recovered.
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