The UK saw its highest daily jump in coronavirus cases today, leaping by 45 to a total of 209.
The Department of Health confirmed that cases in mainland Britain rose by 42 early on Saturday, before officials in Northern Ireland revealed another three cases on Saturday evening.
Overall, there are 184 confirmed cases in England, 16 in Scotland, seven in Northern Ireland and two in Wales.
The update comes as an expert microbiologist warned the deadly coronavirus outbreak could peak at Easter and last for six months — with millions set to be infected.
Two people have died from the killer bug in Britain so far, a grandfather in his 80s in Milton Keynes and a woman in her 70s in Reading.
Some 21,460 people have been tested.The previous largest increase was 36 on Tuesday.
Microbiologist Peter Piot — known as the ‘Mick Jagger of microbiology’ — said the coronavirus threat has not been overhyped and that there are probably already a few thousand people in the UK infected, as cases appear to roughly double each week.
There are 29 confirmed cases in London, 24 in the south east, 22 in the south west and 21 in the north west.
Busy sporting venues are taking action to combat the spread of coronavirus, with Twickenham Stadium providing hand sanitizers at the 2020 Guinness Six Nations match between England and Wales.
A bar in London also took precautions as a bouncer was photographed checking the temperature of guests last night as they entered a venue in The Shard.
Coffee shop chain Pret A Manger has told staff to wash their hands every 30 minutes — following the sound of an alarm — while those with beards have to wash their hands every time they touch their facial hair.
Scotland has confirmed five more cases of coronavirus with two new diagnoses in Lanarkshire while Lothian, Greater Glasgow and surface mounted spotlight Clyde and Grampian have an extra one.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to chair a meeting of the Government’s Cobra civil contingencies committee on Monday as officials prepare to accelerate work on the delay phase of the Government’s plan to tackle the virus.
Elderly people are to be told to stay at home under new government guidelines as relatives are urged to check in on them.Both coronavirus fatalities were over 70 years old.
The elderly should be prepared for potentially isolating ‘social distancing’ policies, which are to be announcement by ministers next week, government sources said.
Another 42 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Britain, bringing the total number of infections up to 206.Pictured: A graph shows the number of tests (blue), number of positive results (red) and the drastic increase in the amount of coronavirus tests on worried Britons (green)
An expert microbiologist warned the deadly coronavirus outbreak could peak at Easter and last for six months — with millions set to be infected.Pictured: Hand sanitizers are placed outside the stadium prior to the 2020 Guinness Six Nations match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium
The latest jump in numbers marks the biggest surge in confirmed cases in a single day in Britain following an increase of 36 on Tuesday.Pictured: Twickenham Stadium had hand sanitizer available to visitors
People can be seen wearing face masks in central London amid wide-reaching fears about the spread of deadly coronavirus
Two women and a man are seen walking through central London wearing black face masks.There are 29 confirmed cases in London
Worried shoppers cleared the shelves at Asda in Clapham Junction, London. Supermarkets up and down the country have been left bare
Empty shelves where hand sanitizer is usually stocked are seen in Clapham Junction, London. There are 24 confirmed cases in the south east, 22 in the south west and 21 in the north west
Microbiologist Peter Piot — known as the ‘Mick Jagger of microbiology’ — said the coronavirus threat has not been overhyped.Pictured: A fan at Anfield wears a protective mask
Actress Joan Collins, 86, flies back to London wearing a mask and gloves amid fears about the spread of deadly coronavirus
Public Health England officials are contacting people who had close contact with a coronavirus sufferer in Leicestershire who is one of the latest confirmed cases.
Dr Fu-Meng Khaw, Centre Director at Public Health England East Midlands, said: ‘Close contacts will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell in the 14 days after contact with the confirmed case.
‘This tried and tested method will ensure we are able to minimise any risk to them and the wider public.’
The family of the male victim who died yesterday have hit out at the hospital for not testing and isolating him soon enough.
He was left ‘coughing excessively’ on a ward for six hours leaving family fearing he could have passed on the infection to others.
The man died at Milton Keynes Hospital after he was admitted on March 3 with suspected pneumonia having recently returned from a Caribbean cruise where he had visited several countries.His cause of death is believed to be asphyxiation after he took off his oxygen mask.
Concerned passengers wear protective masks onboard a Bamboo Airways flight from Da Nang to Hanoi, Vietnam
Fans donned masks for today’s Premier League match between Arsenal and Westham at the Emirates Stadium, London, today
Fans wear face masks and hazmat suits as they watch a match between Celtic and St Mirren at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland
Two Liverpool fans can be seen wearing face masks in the stands ahead of the Premier League match at Anfield against Bournemouth today
A bouncer at a bar in London’s The Shard checked the temperature of guests last night as they entered amid the coronavirus outbreak panic
Friday night revellers waited at the entrance before going up to the bar and restaurant area after having the test.Pictured: the bouncer holds the equipment up to one woman’s forehead
The man died at Milton Keynes Hospital after he was admitted on March 3 with suspected pneumonia having recently returned from a Caribbean cruise where he had visited several countries
Around 70 people were trapped after a hotel holding coronavirus victims collapsed in China’s eastern Fujian province on Saturday evening, officials said
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