The Department of Health and Social Care has announced on Wednesday afternoon the UK now has 87 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
This morning there were 53 confirmed cases and this has now soared by 34 in one day, the biggest jump so far in the UK.
England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty told Sky News, “Although in the longer term we may well be needing people to take more extreme action, at this stage we do not think people need to change what they are doing in terms of their normal behaviour.
“With all epidemics, what happens is they start off very slowly and then they gradually gather momentum and then they suddenly go up relatively fast.
“We usually have a reasonable period of warning before that happens, and we are modelling this out quite carefully, from the time that we get established transmission in the UK… which I think at this time is more likely than not.
“Then there will be a number of weeks, probably about six weeks before we start to see a significant amount of transmission in the UK.”
A level four emergency is defined, when “pressure in the local health and social care system continues to escalate leaving organisations unable to deliver comprehensive care.”
“There is increased potential for patient care and safety to be compromised.”
Professor Whitty said at the No.10 briefing on Tuesday, “probably around 1% of people who get this virus might end up dying, based on the Chinese experience” meaning 520,000 people could die in the UK.