Two new cases of coronavirus confirmed in England linked to Italy

Two more people have tested positive for coronavirus in England the Department of Health has confirmed

The new cases bring the total number of people diagnosed with Covid-19 in the UK to 15.

The patients are in hospitals in London and in Liverpool in northwest England.

They contracted the virus in Italy and Tenerife, according to England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty.

Prof Whitty said: “Two further patients in England have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of UK cases to 15.

“The virus was passed on in Italy and Tenerife and the patients have been transferred to specialist NHS infection centres in Royal Liverpool Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital, London.”

The novel coronavirus has killed over 2,700 people and infected more than 80,000 in 34 countries, although the vast majority of cases remain in China, according to the World Health Organization.

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