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‘Not yet clear’ where some UK patients contracted disease

Thirty-two of the new coronavirus cases were diagnosed in England, Public Health England has said. There are two further new cases in Scotland, as confirmed by authorities earlier.

Twenty-nine of the new patients in England had recently travelled from countries badly hit by the disease, but three others are believed to have contracted the virus in England and “it is not yet clear” who from.

Professor Chris Whitty,  chief medical officer, said in a statement: “As of 9:00am this morning 32 further patients in England have tested positive for COVID-19.

“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.

“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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