Public Health England (PHE) has said the number of people across the UK with coronavirus has rose by 83 confirmed cases in 24 hours, totalling 456 with six dead.
Compared to last Wednesday there were on a total of 85 cases reported. This is the largest jump in cases so far in one day across the UK since the coronavirus outbreak started in the UK.
NHS England are to “ramp up” facilities across the UK in which 10,000 tests can be undertaken in one day.
Fears across the UK are growing the coronavirus crisis in the UK is mirroring that of Italy, where 60m people have been placed in lockdown to contain the escalating outbreak this week.
Leading scientists are comparing the UK to Italy and are saying, it is looking “very likely” to be on the same trajectory and have compared the rate of coronavirus infections to that of Italy.
Professor Giacomo Grasselli a senior Italian government health official said on Tuesday coronavirus outbreak “was like a bomb that exploded” and warned, the virus spreads “very quickly, like a fire.”
He admitted “the need not to create panic” however, “the message of the danger of what is happening” is not reaching people.