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Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in UK rises to 2,626

LONDON, March 18 (Reuters) - The number of people who have tested positive in the United Kingdom for coronavirus has increased to 2,626, the health ministry said on Wednesday.

The figure was an increase of 676 or 35% from Tuesday. So far, Britain has reported 71 deaths from the virus. (Reporting by Michael Holden. Editing by Andrew MacAskill)