NHS England declares coronavirus a 'level 4 incident' - the highest degree of emergency - as 12 more people in the UK are diagnosed and Big Four accountants Deloitte lock down London office over positive worker | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

NHS England declares coronavirus a 'level 4 incident' - the highest degree of emergency - as 12 more people in the UK are diagnosed and Big Four accountants Deloitte lock down London office over positive worker

The NHS has hiked the coronavirus outbreak to the highest possible threat level, it was revealed today as 12 more British patients tested positive for the infection.

Health chiefs have declared the epidemic a 'level four incident', which grants them emergency powers to take control of local hospitals.

Coronavirus was ratcheted up to level four status in January, but this was only confirmed today as the government tried to calm public concern by unveiling a four-pronged strategy to tackle the growing crisis.

Meanwhile a member of staff at accountancy firm Deloitte tested positive for the virus after returning from Asia, MailOnline can reveal.

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