A patient who tested positive for coronavirus died at St George's Hospital over the weekend.

The news broke on Sunday that the death toll from the virus in England had risen to 34 people.

A statement issued on Saturday from Jacqueline Totterdell, Chief Executive at St George's University Hospitals Foundation Trust said: "We can confirm that, sadly, a patient in his 90s who tested positive for Covid-19 has died at St George's Hospital.

"He had been extremely unwell, with significant other health conditions.

"The thoughts of staff at St George's are with the patient's family at this difficult time.

"We would also ask that the family's privacy is respected."

There have been a total of 1,372 positive tests for coronavirus in the UK as of 9am on Sunday, up from 1,140 at the same time on Saturday, the Department of Health said.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said people aged over 70 will be asked in the coming weeks to self-isolate for up to four months, in order to protect them from the virus.