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Number of UK coronavirus cases jumps to 85 - MW



The number of coronavirus cases in the UK has increased by 60% to 85 cases, the largest daily increase recorded to date.

They included three people who had contracted the illness without going abroad, confirming fears that transmission in the community had occurred in the UK and that efforts to prevent the virus had at least partially failed.

Medical director Chris Whitty said it was unclear whether the three new cases between people infected with the virus were directly or indirectly from a person who had recently traveled from abroad. The people the patient has been exposed to are being sought, he added.

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

Included in the above figures are 32 further cases in England.

Following previously reported confirmed cases in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, the total number of UK cases is 85.

All are being investigated and contact tracing has begun.



As of 9am this morning, 32 further patients in England have tested positive for COVID-19.   29 had recently travelled from recognised countries or from recognised clusters which were under investigation.   3 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 an

Of the 32 new cases, 29 have traveled to countries where there is a recognized cluster of viruses, Whitty said. By Wednesday, the largest daily increase was 13 and previously there were only two cases in the UK.

Whitty had earlier warned that NHS would deal with the massive spread of cases but could occur under the very high pressure of LINE during a major epidemic.

Maybe we have some next transmission here in the UK, he told BBC Radio 4 ED Today. He added: We are currently at the borderline between stopping and delaying. At this point, we think that there is a possibility, there is no certainty, we will move on to the next transmission and the epidemic. sick in the UK.

The Ministry of Health and Social Care stated that it would stop providing daily updates on the location of the latest confirmed cases, due to the large number involved.

As of today, due to the number of new cases, we will no longer be tweeting information on the location of each new case.

Instead, this information will be released centrally in a consolidated format online, once a week. We are working on this now and plan to share on Friday.
The Scottish government confirmed that two more patients in Scotland tested positive, bringing the total number of cases across the country to three. One patient is a resident of the Grampian region, the other patient is a resident of the Ayrshire area.

Among the new cases, two people are known to have come from Carlisle and both have recently returned from a trip to northern Italy. One is a member of the health care staff at Cumberland Hospital. One-third is admitted to Manchester West Wythenshawe hospital.

A spokeswoman for the NHS integrated care fund North Cumbria said: `` Confidence can confirm that a member of the hospital staff tested positive for Covid-19 after a trip to northern Italy. Daisies

A letter to the NHS of trust has also been published telling them to strengthen their plans to address Covid-19, including meeting patients through video links.

In the letter, NHS's strategic incident director, Professor Keith Willett, and incident director Stephen Groves said that acute wards could be used and coronavirus patients should be separated.

It turns out that an NHS level 4 incident has been declared - the highest - and so far, Covid-19 has been managed as an infectious disease through specialized NHS centers.

But it says: It is now appropriate to start managing some patients in more infectious disease units and, of course, if the number of cases continues to increase, we will need to use all the units. acute.

The document states that managers should consider critical care and high dependency and consider how it can be increased.

It adds: Where possible, consider deploying alternative models such as remote counseling for patients who can be supported at home and consider arrangements to support vulnerable individuals. vulnerability in alternative settings, including within the community.

Whitty said Cameron's video conferencing consultations should take this issue seriously to ease the pressure on NHS.

MW

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