UK cases of coronavirus WILL keep rising, warns Chief Medical Office Chris Whitty

UK cases of coronavirus WILL keep rising and infections are taking place between Britons, warns Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty as he says the focus is now on delaying the spread

UK cases will keep rising and infections are taking place between Britons, Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said today.

Prof Whitty said hopes of containing the virus largely in its origin site in China were ‘slim to zero’.

He warned ‘community transmission’ was happening in the UK, and the government’s focus had moved from the ‘contain’ phase to focus on efforts to ‘delay’ the spread.

Giving evidence to the Health Select Committee, Prof Whitty said: ‘I’m expecting the number only to go up. 

‘There are now several – not large numbers but server cases where we cannot see where this has come from in terms of a direct transmission.

Giving evidence to the Health Select Committee, Prof Chris Whitty said: ‘I’m expecting the number only to go up.’

Prof Whitty warned 'community transmission' was happening in the UK, and the government's focus had moved from the 'contain' phase to focus on efforts to 'delay' the spread.

Prof Whitty warned ‘community transmission’ was happening in the UK, and the government’s focus had moved from the ‘contain’ phase to focus on efforts to ‘delay’ the spread.

‘That makes it highly likely there is some level of community transmission in the UK now.’

He added: ‘It is here at very low levels at this point in time, but that should be the working assumption on which we go forward. 

Asked by chairman Jeremy Hunt whether the government had shifted its focus fro ‘contain’ to ‘delay’, Prof Whitty said: We are now basically mainly delay.’