The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK leaped to 35 after 12 new patients were identified in England.
Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty said three of the patients were close contacts of a known Covid-19 case that was transmitted within the UK – believed to be a Surrey resident.
Another new patient, from Essex, has not recently travelled to an affected area, Prof Whitty said on Sunday.
He added investigations were ongoing as to whether the patient had contracted it "directly or indirectly" from an individual who had recently travelled abroad.
Of the eight remaining cases, six had recently travelled from Italy, while two had been in Iran.
These patients are from London, West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Hertfordshire and Gloucestershire.
One of the confirmed cases is in Bury, according to Bury Council, which said the patient had been taken to a specialist NHS infection centre.
It is believed the Gloucestershire outbreak may have centered on Burford in the Cotswolds after a patient returned there from a trip to Italy.
Hertfordshire County Council's director of public health Jim McManus said two of the cases confirmed today were in Hertfordshire.
It follows another patient identified in the county on Saturday.
In a statement, he said: "These new cases of coronavirus are nothing unexpected.
"We fully anticipate an increase in numbers which is why our services have planned for, and are ready for, this situation."
The exact locations of the other new cases are not yet known.
All of the newly identified cases are being investigated and health officials have begun tracing anyone who had close contact with them.
Before today's latest batch of infected patients was announced, the positive cases were centered on nine locations.
Of those, nine were based in London, one in Bright, Sussex, one in Swansea, Wales, and one in Buxton, Derbyshire.
A Chinese student and their mum were diagnosed and quarantined in York, while four people have been isolated at Arrowe Park Hospital in Merseyside having left the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship which became a hotbed for the virus.
Belfast and Cardiff have a confirmed case each, both of which originated in Italy.
A staff member at an infant school in Berkshire was confirmed to be a Covid-19 patient.
In an email, Willow Bank Infant School in Woodley headteacher Michelle Masters urged parents to "remain calm and follow the recommended hygiene procedures".
"The school will be shut for some days to allow for a deep clean and to ensure that the risk of infection remain(s) low," Ms Masters said.
Another school, Aldryngton Primary School, will close tomorrow for deep cleaning after it was established the infected teacher had attended a training conference there on Tuesday.
A pub in Haslemere, Surrey, has been closed until further notice for deep cleaning after a customer "tested positive for coronavirus".
A patient in the county was confirmed as the first to catch the illness within the UK on Friday.
The landlords of the Prince of Wales pub said on Facebook that they had no symptoms of the virus and that it was a "precautionary measure only".
Almost 700 people have been tested for coronavirus in Scotland, with all proving negative, as testing is expanded.
In total 698 tests had been carried out by Sunday, up from 630 on Saturday, the Scottish Government said.
A Ryanair flight returning from Tenerife to Edinburgh was held on the tarmac yesterday after a man reported feeling well.
Passengers were allowed off the plane when it was established he was not exhibiting coronavirus symptoms.
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