The UK has seen the biggest one-day leap in confirmed cases of Covid-19 after a further 64 infections were confirmed, bringing the overall total to 273.
Two people have also died from the virus in the UK so far, with over 23,000 being tested – and the vast majority of tests coming back negative.
Cases of the virus have been confirmed in several different parts of the UK – but which locations have confirmed Covid-19?
Here’s what you need to know…
Which locations in the UK have Coronavirus?
As of 8 March the following cases have been located in the UK:
- London 38
- South East 30
- South West 25
- North East and Yorkshire 18
- Midlands 17
- East of England 16
- Scotland 16
- Northern Ireland 7
- Wales 4
- Unknown locations 76
The Department Of Health is giving daily updates of the number of new infections, tweeting out the figure at 2pm.
Among the newly confirmed cases were a student at Oxford University, who fell ill after returning from overseas travel.
The student is reported to have self-isolated as soon as they developed symptoms and did not attend any college events after falling ill.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has sought to reassure the public on the spread of the virus, saying: ‘We will do all we can to contain coronavirus, but, as we know, Covid-19 is spreading across the world, so I want to ensure Government is doing everything in its power to be ready to delay and mitigate this threat.
‘Public safety is my top priority. Responding to coronavirus is a massive national effort and I’m working with colleagues across government to ensure we have a proportionate emergency Bill, with the right measures to deal with the impacts of a widespread Covid-19 outbreak.
‘We plan for the worst and work for the best, and the NHS is working 24/7 to fight this virus. Calls to NHS 111 have increased by more than a third and we have already put in place 500 extra staff to help with this increase.
‘Every person has a role to play in managing the spread of Covid-19 – whether that’s washing your hands more often for 20 seconds or catching your sneezes.’