CORONAVIRUS cases in Britain have seen their biggest 24-hour spike to date with the number of confirmed infections now at 87.
Four of the new cases involve patients infected within the UK as health experts warn a 'significant pandemic' could be just weeks away.
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The 34 new cases represent the biggest daily hike in the virus as its spread appears to be accelerating across the UK.
Professor Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England and Wales, said: "29 patients were diagnosed who had recently travelled from recognised countries or from recognised clusters which were under investigation.
"Three additional patients contracted the virus in the UK and it is not yet clear whether they contracted it directly or indirectly from an individual who had recently returned from abroad.
"This is being investigated and contact tracing has begun."
The Department of Health confirmed more than 16,500 people have so far been tested.
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