Coronavirus: 85 cases now confirmed in the UK
There has been a huge surge in cases in the UK – the Government has just announced that there are now 85 confirmed coronavirus cases.
The huge jump comes as Boris Johnson announced that under emergency legislation due to be introduced, employees diagnosed with the coronavirus will be able to claim statutory sick pay from day one, should they be required to self-isolate at home.
Currently employees are only entitled to start claiming after three days.
This morning Britain’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, said an epidemic in the UK is now likely and there would have to be “profound changes” to the way the NHS is run to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.