Coronavirus news LIVE: UK cases at 5,018 as death toll hits 233 and people urged not to panic-buy

THE death toll in the UK has risen to 233, with 5,018 patients testing positive for coronavirus.

Today, the NHS agreed a deal with private hospitals which will provide thousands more beds, ventilators and extra healthcare staff from next week.

Nearly 20,000 extra staff will be brought in to help the NHS deliver other urgent operations and cancer treatments.

The deal with independent hospitals is thought to be the first of its kind and will include the provision of 8,000 hospital beds across England, nearly 1,200 more ventilators, more than 10,000 nurses, over 700 doctors and over 8,000 other clinical staff.

It comes as the death toll hits 180 in the UK and the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned again that young people aren’t immune from coronavirus.

Officials say the young must avoid socialising and passing the bug to older, more vulnerable people.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also warned young people against going out.

Pubs closed last night for the first time to help with social distancing.

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