Two people who returned from Italy and Tenerife have tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of UK cases to 15.
It comes as Buxton Medical Practice announced it was closed because of a confirmed case of coronavirus.
We have a confirmed case of coronavirus, we are liaising with Public Health England the CCG to ensure all appropriate actions are taken. Please do not come to the practice, it said in a statement.
Confirming the two new UK cases, Professor Chris Witty, chief medical officer for England, said the patients had been transferred to specialist NHS infection centres.
He said: The virus was passed on in Italy and Tenerife and the patients have been transferred to specialist NHS infection centres in Royal Liverpool Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital, London.
In other developments:
- Around 160 British tourists are in lockdown at a Tenerife hotel over coronavirus fears
- Stock markets are falling sharply again as countries report a surge in coronavirus cases
- Some UK hospitals and other medical sites including GP surgeries will now test flu patients for the coronavirus
- The government has banned the export of an HIV drug and anti-malaria infection treatment so that they can be tested as potential treatments for COVID-19
- Donald Trump has appointed his vice president Mike Pence to lead the US response to the coronavirus
- Saudi Arabia has halted the entry of Muslim pilgrims to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina
- Russia’s Federal Tourism Agency recommends the country’s holiday firms suspend tours to Italy, South Korea and Iran until outbreaks are brought under control
- South Korea has reported 334 more cases, bringing its total to 1,595 – the second-highest number after China
- The South Korean and US militaries have postponed their annual joint drills out of concerns over the outbreak
- China reports 433 new cases, 383 in the city of Wuhan, where the disease emerged in December
- Four pupils at a primary school which Prince George and Princess Charlotte attend are in self-isolation after a trip to northern Italy
More than 82,100 people have been infected with COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by coronavirus, resulting in 2,801 fatalities.
Most of the casualties have been in China, where the disease originated, but it has steadily spread to every continent except Antarctica.