March 18, 2020 / 2:23 PM / 19 days ago

Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in UK rises to 2,626

A woman takes a photo of empty shelves at Sainsbury's supermarket as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, in Fulham, London, Britain March 18, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs

LONDON (Reuters) - The number of people who have tested positive in the United Kingdom for coronavirus has increased to 2,626, the health ministry said on Wednesday.

The figure was an increase of 676 or 35% from Tuesday. So far, Britain has reported 71 deaths from the virus.

Reporting by Michael Holden. Editing by Andrew MacAskill

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