Coronavirus: New COVID-19 case in England ‘first to catch within the UK’ #COVID19 #coronavirus #UK #Surrey #emergency #quarantine #epidemic

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A patient diagnosed with coronavirus in England is thought to be the first to have caught the illness within the UK.

Public Health England said the latest case was a resident in Surrey.

Chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said the virus had been passed on in the UK, and that it was not clear whether the patient had contracted it directly or indirectly from someone who had recently returned from abroad.

“This is being investigated and contact tracing has begun,” he added.

“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, plus one each in Wales and Northern Ireland for a UK total of 20.

Dr Alison Barnett, centre director for PHE South East, said: “Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.

“One of the latest cases is a resident of Surrey and we’re working closely with NHS colleagues in that area as well as Surrey County Council to manage the situation and help reduce the risk of further cases.”

Courtesy of Sky News

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