12 new cases of Coronavirus confirmed taking UK total to 35

Twelve new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in England.

It is the biggest jump in cases the UK has seen in a single day.

Three patients caught the virus in the UK – they are known to be contacts of someone who already had it, and were found through contact-tracing, Professor Chris Whitty said.

One of the patients, from Essex, has not been abroad and it is not clear where they contracted COVID-19.

Six of the patients had recently travelled to Italy, and two had been to Iran.

The patients who have recently travelled are from London, West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Hertfordshire and Gloucestershire.

They join three cases reported yesterday, from Hertfordshire, Gloucestershire and Berkshire.

It brings the total number of confirmed cases in the UK to 35!

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