- The UK had reported 319 coronavirus cases and three deaths linked to the virus as of Monday afternoon.
- The deaths are an older woman with underlying health conditions in Reading, and a man in his 80s in Milton Keynes, and a man in his 60s with “significant” pre-existing health conditions.
- The UK markets are taking a battering as the COVID-19 virus continues to spread across the nation.
- The UK’s chief scientific adviser said that coronavirus outbreaks may become an annual event and that a vaccine is unlikely to be created this year.
- Johnson’s government expects to virus to “spread in a significant way” in the coming days and weeks.
- Officials are considering plans to order the public to work at home for at least three months.
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The UK has reported a total of 319 coronavirus cases and three deaths linked to the virus.
A man in his 60s with “significant” pre-existing health conditions died at North Manchester General Hospital on Sunday.
He was the third person to die in Britain as a result of the virus. An older woman with underlying health conditions died at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading on Thursday. A man in his 80s died at a hospital in Milton Keynes on Friday.
Boris Johnson’s government expects the virus to “spread in a significant way” in the coming days and weeks, his spokesperson said on Monday afternoon.
The coronavirus causes a respiratory disease known as COVID-19. More than 3,600 people have died and more than 106,000 others have been infected, mostly in China. Cases have been recorded in at least 105 countries.
The UK has seen a rising number of cases of “community spread”: people with no known exposure to others with the virus or travel history to countries where outbreaks have been reported.
For the latest global case total, death toll, and travel information, see Business Insider’s live updates here.
Kieran Corcoran and Alison Millington contributed reporting to this post.