A man wears a surgical mask as he sits in Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport in London, Britain March 6, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A total of 163 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the United Kingdom, rising from 115, medical authorities said on Friday.

This is the biggest daily jump since COVID-19 was first detected in the country.

The number of people who have died from the virus stands at one, the health ministry and the Public Health England (PHE) agency said.

Some British media reported earlier on Friday that there had been a second fatality.

(Reuters)

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