The number of positive cases of coronavirus in the UK has jumped to over 1,000, according to the Department of Health.

In its daily update, it revealed that out of 37,746 tests, 1,140 people were found to be infected with COVID-19. This is up from 798 yesterday.

The news came just minutes after it was announced that the death toll from the outbreak had risen to 21, more than double the total as of yesterday.

There is increasing pressure on the government to take more steps to prevent further spread of the disease, including from the World Health Organisation, who questioned whether creating ‘herd immunity’ was the right approach.

Spokeswoman Margaret Harris told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We don’t know enough about the science of this virus, it hasn’t been in our population for long enough for us to know what it does in immunological terms.

“Every virus functions differently in your body and stimulates a different immunological profile.

“We can talk theories, but at the moment we are really facing a situation where we have got to look at action.”

It is believed bans on mass gatherings, encouraging people to work from home and the passing of emergency legislation will take place next week.