Coronavirus: UK confirms 8th case, as medical practitioner tests positive

The Coronavirus epidemic continues to spread as the United Kingdom recorded its eight case, after a staff member of a GP practice in Brighton tested positive for coronavirus.

The hospital has been temporarily closed following the recent development.

Two of the eight people diagnosed in the UK are understood to be GPs.

The Department of Health has called the virus a “serious and imminent threat” to public health, but the overall risk to the population is “moderate”.

However, the risk to individuals is low, the department said.

There have been more than 40,000 cases of the virus globally, mostly in China. The total number of deaths in China is now 1,011.

Four new UK cases were announced on Monday – taking the total number of people infected in the UK to eight.

Two of the new cases are understood to be GPs – one of whom works at the County Oak medical centre.

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