Coronavirus map LIVE: Number of cases in the UK soars by 34 in ONE DAY – total 85 infected

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
By Paul Martin

CORONAVIRUS cases in the UK have soared by 34 in one day, bringing the total number of people injected in country to 85.

Wed, Mar 4, 2020

The latest update from the Department of Health and Social Care said as of 9am today a total of 16,659 people have been tested for coronavirus. Of those 16,574 tested negative for coronavirus and 85 positive. Two people were diagnosed with coronavirus in Scotland earlier today and a further case was confirmed in Manchester.

Today’s announcement is the largest daily jump since the virus was first detected in the UK on January 31.

No people have died in the UK so far, although at least 2,946 people have died in China, the epicentre of the outbreak, with a further 166 fatalities reported in other countries including the US and Italy.

The dramatic increase in coronavirus cases in the UK comes as Boris Johnson announced workers will now be eligible to claim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) from day one rather than day four as the Government seeks to tackle the spread of the killer virus.

The Prime Minister made the announcement during PMQs as he said those who self-isolate are “helping to protect all of us by slowing the spread of the virus” and should not lose out financially.

Mr Johnson told Parliament: “The Health Secretary will bring forward, as part of our emergency coronavirus legislation, measures to allow the payment of statutory sick pay, from the very first day you are sick, instead of four days, under the current rules.

“That’s the right way forward. Nobody should be penalised speaker for doing the right thing.”

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