Official figures show that seven more cases of coronavirus have been recorded in Wiltshire.

This jump brings the number of cases in the county to 83, as the UK saw its biggest daily increase in deaths.

A week before, there were 34 cases in the area.

They were among the 966 cases recorded across the South West, a figure which rose by 148 in 24 hours.

Across the UK, 25,150 people had tested positive for coronavirus as of 9am on Tuesday, up from 22,141 at the same point on Monday, Department of Health and Social Care figures show.

In total, 143,186 people had been tested, and, as of 5pm on Monday, 1,789 had died.

At an increase of 381 people in 24-hours, that was the biggest daily rise in the UK’s death toll since the crisis began.

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove described the sharp rise in deaths as “deeply shocking” in the daily coronavirus press conference from Downing Street on Monday.

He acknowledged that the Government needed to go “further, faster” to ramp up testing, but said a shortage of the chemical reagents needed for the tests was proving to be a “critical constraint”.

Currently about 8,000 tests a day are being carried out, despite ministers having previously claimed to have met a target of 10,000 a day.

A further target of 25,000 tests a day is not now expected to be reached until the end of April.

Dr Jenny Harries, deputy chief medical officer for England, meanwhile urged younger people to take the coronavirus risk seriously.

She said: “It doesn’t matter what age you are, you should be staying at home and observing all the social distancing measures that we have highlighted.”