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Total of 40 cases of coronavirus now confirmed in UK

Four new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the UK, taking the total number to 40.

It comes just hours after Public Health England warned Britain needs to be prepared for “more widespread transmission” of the virus

Professor Paul Cosford, PHE’s emeritus medical director, also told Kay Burley@Breakfast some of the new cases that could emerge might be “quite challenging”.

in an update on Monday, the Department of Health said 40 people had now tested positive for COVID-19 – with cases now in all four UK countries.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned the outbreak is “likely to become more significant” across the UK in the coming days and weeks.

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The risk of coronavirus in the European Union has risen to its second highest level and is now considered moderate to high. The top level is high.

After chairing his first emergency COBRA meeting about COVID-19, the prime minister said: “We’ve agreed a plan so that if and when it starts to spread, as I’m afraid it looks likely it will, we are in a position to take the steps that will be necessary.”

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