LONDON

British Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced at a press conference on Tuesday that the government was converting a London conference center into an emergency hospital as the U.K.-wide death toll climbed by 87 in the last 24 hours.

Hancock took questions from journalists remotely via video link as part of social distancing measures.

It came as the U.K.’s Department of Health announced: “Across the U.K., there have been 90,436 concluded tests of which 82,359 were confirmed negative, and 8,077 positive.

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

Hancock said: “We will, next week, open a

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