Confirmed cases in UK rise to 85


The number of people diagnosed with coronavirus in the UK has risen to 85, the department of health reports.

Chief medical officer Prof Chris Whitty said a further 32 cases had been reported in England.

“Twenty-nine patients were diagnosed who had recently travelled from recognised countries or from recognised clusters which were under investigation,” he said.

“Three additional patients contracted the virus in the UK and it is not yet clear whether they contracted it directly or indirectly from an individual who had recently returned from abroad.

“The total number of confirmed cases in England is now 80. Following previously reported confirmed cases in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, the total number of UK cases is 85.”

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