U.K. Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Rise 26% in Past 24 Hours

LONDON (Reuters) -
General view of a message at the Royal Albert Hall in London, as the number of coronavirus cases grow around the world, in London, Tuesday. (Reuters/Dylan Martinez)

British cases of coronavirus rose 26% to 1,950 from 1,543 the day before, the Health Ministry said Tuesday.

Britain reported its first confirmed coronavirus case on Jan. 31. There have so far been 56 reported deaths.

“As of 9 a.m. on 17 March 2020, 50,442 people have been tested in the U.K., of [whom] 48,492 were confirmed negative and 1,950 were confirmed as positive,” the government said.