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Four more cases of Coronavirus confirmed in North West

16 people in the North West are now confirmed as having the virus. Credit: PA

There have been two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wigan and two in Liverpool.

It takes the total of cases in the region up to 18 following outbreaks in Bolton, Bury, Wirral, Buxton and Wythenshawe.

30 new cases have been announced across the UK today which means the total number of cases now stands at 115.

In a statement, Professor Kate Ardern, director of public health at Wigan Council said:

We have received confirmation of two unrelated COVID-19 cases in Wigan Borough.

"We are working closely with Public Health England and the NHS to prevent further spread of the virus and we will share timely and relevant information with the public.

"In the meantime, we continue to remind residents to follow good hygiene practices and if you show any symptoms, please ring NHS 111."

– Professor Kate Ardern, Wigan Council.

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Meanwhile, a GP surgery in Bury has closed after a possible case of Coronavirus.

Woodbank Surgery in Bury is currently closed following a possible case of Coronavirus. Credit: ITV News

Yesterday, England's chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, warned that a UK epidemic is looking "likely".

He said: "Twenty-nine 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."