Coronavirus cases in UK leap to 85 as medical chief warns ‘significant epidemic likely’ and Brits ‘will die’ – The Sun

CORONAVIRUS cases in Britain have soared to 85 after the biggest 24-hour spread in the virus to date.

Three of the new cases involve patients infected with the disease within the UK as health experts warn a 'significant pandemic' could be just weeks away.

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The 32 new cases represent the biggest daily hike in the virus so far as its spread accelerates across the UK.

The Department of Health confirmed more than 16,500 people have so far been tested.

Professor Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England and Wales, said: "29 patients were diagnosed who had recently travelled from recognised countries or from recognised clusters which were under investigation.

"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.

"This is being investigated and contact tracing has begun."

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