LONDON

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the closure of pubs and other social venues at a press conference late Friday, where an unprecedented economic package to support businesses and employees was also announced, as the coronavirus outbreak continues to impact U.K. society and the economy.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health said: “Across the U.K., there have been 66,976 concluded tests of which 62,993 were confirmed negative, and 3,983 positive.

“177 patients who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have sadly died.”

The new U.K.-wide death toll is an increase of 40 over 24 hours – the largest day-on-day increase since the start

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