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Four More People Test Positive For Coronavirus In The UK

Four More People Test Positive For Coronavirus In The UK

Four more patients have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, bringing the total number to 40, the Department of Health has confirmed.

The news was announced on Monday afternoon, with Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty confirming the patients had previously travelled to Italy. The patients are from Hertfordshire, Devon and Kent, he said on Twitter.

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The latest development comes after a further 13 cases were announced in the UK yesterday, with the total now standing at 40.

Five of the patients announced on Sunday are believed to have caught the virus while in the UK, while others had travelled from Italy and Iran.

With the increase of homegrown cases, Public Health England has declared the widespread transmission of coronavirus in the UK is "highly likely".

Medical director Professor Paul Cosford said: "We should expect that might be quite challenging for us, it is therefore very important that we do everything we can to reduce the spread of infection."

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The number of deaths worldwide has now reached over 3,000
The number of deaths worldwide has now reached over 3,000

Prime minister Boris Johnson chaired an emergency Cobra meeting today where the official government plan on how to tackle and contain the virus was signed off.

The prime minister has said the UK "will stop at nothing" in the fight against coronavirus. This could include retired doctors and nurses returning to the NHS, while people could be urged to work from home.

Other restrictions could see major public events being cancelled as well as closing schools.

Following the meeting, Boris Johnson said the spread of the virus in the UK was "likely".

"We have also agreed a plan so that if and when it starts to spread, as I'm afraid it looks likely it will, we are in a position to take the steps necessary to... contain the spread of the disease as far as we can, and to protect the most vulnerable," he said.

The UK action plan will be published tomorrow, on Tuesday 3rd March.

There are now 40 cases in the UK (Credit: PA)
There are now 40 cases in the UK (Credit: PA)

There are now 89,847 reported cases of coronavirus across the globe, with 3,069 deaths.

China still has the highest number of cases, with just over 80,000, while South Korea has a reported 4,355. See below for the latest coronavirus cases in each country.

China - 80,026

South Korea - 4,355

Italy - 1,704

Iran - 1,501

Japan - 274

Germany - 150

France - 130

Spain - 120

Singapore - 108

Hong Kong - 100

USA - 88

Kuwait - 56

Bahrain - 47

Thailand - 43

Taiwan - 40

UK - 40

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Australia - 30

Malaysia - 29

Canada - 24

Switzerland - 24

Iraq - 21

UAE - 21

Norway - 19

Netherlands - 18

Vietnam - 16

Austria - 15

Sweden - 14

Macao - 10

Israel - 10

Lebanon - 10

San Marino - 8

Belgium - 8

Croatia - 8

Greece - 7

Ecuador - 6

Finland - 6

Oman - 6

India - 5

Mexico - 5

Denmark - 4

Pakistan - 4

Philippines - 3

Algeria - 3

Azerbaijan - 3

Czechia - 3

Georgia - 3

Iceland - 3

Qatar - 3

Romania - 3

Russia - 3

Brazil - 2

Egypt - 2

Indonesia - 2

Portugal - 2

Afghanistan - 1

Andorra - 1

Armenia - 1

Belarus - 1

Cambodia - 1

Dominican Republic - 1

Estonia - 1

Ireland - 1

Jordan - 1

Lithuania - 1

Luxembourg - 1

North Macedonia - 1

Monaco - 1

Nepal - 1

New Zealand - 1

Nigeria - 1

Sri Lanka - 1

Diamond Princess cruise ship - 705

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: News, coronavirus, Health

Lucy Devine

Lucy is a journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a master's degree in journalism, she has worked in both print and online and is particularly interested in fashion, food, health and women's issues. Northerner, coffee addict, says hun a lot. Get in touch at [email protected]

 

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