Coronavirus latest updates include 616 victims announced today. This brings the total number of COVID-19 fatalities in the UK to 18,763. In latest news, another 4,583 people have tested positive for the deadly virus in the past 24 hours, meaning 138,078 cases have now been diagnosed. The government initially hoped to keep the number of COVID-19 victims below the 20,000 mark, however recent worrying trends suggest this is unlikely and will more than likely hit that number by Sunday.

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  • Coronavirus symptoms: Signs you could have ‘COVID toes’

Doctors and leading health experts are learning new things about this virus every day.

So far what is known is COVID-19 may not initially cause any symptoms for some.

A person may carry the virus for two days or up to two weeks before noticing obvious symptoms.

Some common symptoms that have been specifically linked to COVID-19 include shortness of breath, having a cough which gets more severe over time, a low-grade fever which gradually increases in temperature, trouble breathing, blue lips or face, persistent pain or pressure in the chest and excessive drowsiness.

There is another lesser known warning symptom of COVID-19 which includes an inability to be aroused.

The inability to arouse relates to a person having difficulty to gain energy after sleep rather than anything sexual.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated this difficulty as a possible symptom of COVID-19.

CDC said on their website: “Reported illness have ranged form mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 cases.

“These symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure.”

The BMJ warns of red flag symptoms and said: “Red flag symptoms which indicate that the patient needs urgent assessment either in person or by a good video link, depending on the clinical circumstances and include severe breathlessness or difficulty breathing, pain or pressure in the chest, blue lips or face and a story suggestive of shock such as cold and clammy, mottled skin, new confusion, becoming difficult to rouse or significantly reduced urine output.

“Haemoptysis occurs in about one percent of COVID-19 patients and seems to be a poor prognostic symptom.”

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  • Coronavirus symptoms: US nurse warns of potential new symptom

In addition to experiencing a difficulty to arouse, other warning symptoms of COVID-19 include issues with digestion.

Doctor 4 U Dr Diana Gall said: “Patients with coronavirus may find subtle changes to their gastrointestinal systems before any other obvious symptoms.

“Some people may find their stools are looser than normal, while others could find they go more often.

“There is no normal amount of times to go to the toilet, but everyone knows roughly how many times they end up passing stools and if you find that you are visiting the loos more frequently it could be a warning symptom.”

The NHS added: “Use the 111-coronavirus service if you have either a high temperature or a new, continuous cough.

“A high temperature means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back.

“A new cough means coughing a lot more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.”

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