February 28, 2020 / 7:35 PM / a month ago

UK says number of coronavirus cases has risen to 20

A woman wearing a protective mask walks along the platform at Leicester Square underground station in London, Britain, February 27, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s health ministry said on Friday that the number of people infected with coronavirus in the United Kingdom had risen to 20, after another patient in England had tested positive for the disease.

“The virus was passed on in the UK and the patient has been transferred to a specialist NHS infection centre,” England’s chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, said in a statement.

Reporting by David Milliken; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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