Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed the number of cases of the coronavirus in the UK has now soared to 36. The Prime Minister during a visit to a PHE centre in North London, warned COVID-19 is “likely to spread a bit more” but reassured the public he was “very, very confident” the “fantastic” NHS was able to tackle the disease. Mr Johnson said: “As you know, we’ve found about 35 people in this country who have, or have had, the illness.
“And clearly there may be more, that’s likely to spread a bit more, and it’s vital therefore that people understand that we do have a great plan, a plan to tackle the spread of coronavirus.
“And I am very, very confident that in the NHS we have the professionals who will be well able to cope with it.”
This evening the Scottish Government confirmed it has received its first case of the Coronavirus, increasing today’s total of confirmed infections in the UK to 13.
The first person in Scotland to be diagnosed is a Tayside resident who recently travelled from Italy - the worst-affected country in Europe.
Boris Johnson has warned the coronavirus is likely to spread further in the UK (Image: GETTY)
The Prime Minister visited a Public Health England centre in North London on Sunday (Image: GETTY)
Three of the latest cases diagnosed in the UK on Sunday are family members of a man from Surrey who tested positive on Friday.
Earlier today the Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the department was outlining a new “battle plan” and Mr Johnson said the Government is considering its strategy in regards to public events and schools.
The Prime Minister who will chair and emergency Cobra meeting on Monday said the country has the resources and the testing facilities to tackle the virus.
Mr Johnson added: “But you can imagine that, obviously, there will be questions that we’ll need to consider about