Coronavirus death toll in the UK rises by 708
London (CNN) The United Kingdom has recorded 708 new deaths from coronavirus, the largest one-day rise since the outbreak began.
According to figures released on Saturday by the Department of Health and Social Care, a total of 4,313 people have now died in the UK. In a press briefing Saturday, cabinet minister Michael Gove said that a 5-year-old with underlying health conditions was among those who had died.
The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus is 41,903, an increase of 3,735 from the previous day's figures. Gove said that seven healthcare workers had so far died from the virus.
The UK's social distancing rules will remain in force for several more weeks, despite signs the coronavirus outbreak is slowing, one of the country's leading epidemiologists has said.
Professor Neil Ferguson, one of the experts who has been advising the government on its response, told the BBC there's been an 85% drop in the typical number of people movements outside homes since the rules were put in place.
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