One of 13 new British coronavirus cases is healthcare worker at cancer hospital

One of the 13 new UK cases of cornonavirus cases is a health care worker at a cancer centre near London.

The infected employee is believed to be clinician at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in Middlesex.

All those who were in contact with the clinician have been identified.

The NHS said in a statement that the "risk to patients and staff is very low" adding that "it remains safe for patients to attend [the centre]."

The total number of reported cases in the UK is now at 36.

This morning it was also reported that a London boys Catholic school closed after a staff member was treated for coronavirus.

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The staff member at Wimbledon College was confirmed as having Covid-19 after travelling back from Italy during half term.

He was last in school on the morning of February 25th and is not believed to have had contact with pupils since then.

The school announced in a statement that it would reopen on March 10 after it carried out a "deep clean".

As of Sunday, there have been over 86,500 cases of the virus globally, the majority in China.

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Shadow Health Secretary Jonathon Ashworth said today he would support shutting down cities to control the spread of coronavirus.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast on Monday, Mr Ashworth said he wanted clarity from the Government about its next steps to contain the Covid-19 virus.

Asked if he would support shutting down cities to prevent the spread within the UK, Mr Ashworth said: "If the medical advice and the scientific advice is to take measures along those lines, of course we would support them.

He continued: "It would be a move by Government so drastic that we hadn't seen it. And I'm not sure how practical it could be in reality.

"However this virus is serious and appears to spread very easily and we need to contain it and slow down the spread.

"If the medical advice is to do something like that then of course we should support it.

"That is why I am keen, however, that Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, comes to the House of Commons today after the Cobra meeting to update MPs on plans.

"We just need clarity from Government."

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