Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, said: “One further patient in England has tested positive for Covid-19.
“The virus was passed on in the UK.
“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 patient has been transferred to a specialist NHS infection centre at Guy’s and St Thomas’.
“The total number of cases in England is now 18. Following confirmed cases in Northern Ireland and Wales, the total number of UK cases is 20.”
The Department of Health and Social Care say it is “highly unlikely” there will be more transmissions in the UK as there is “no immediately identifiable link to overseas travel”.
The news of the first case of coronavirus to be caught in the UK comes as a British man has been pronounced dead after contracting the virus.
He becomes the first UK citizen to die from the deadly outbreak.
It was confirmed the man caught coronavirus whilst quarantined aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship, docked off the coast of Yokohama, Japan.
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