Coronavirus latest news: First case diagnosed in Northern Ireland as UK total rises to 16

Jordan Kelly-Linden
People wear masks at a main shopping area, in downtown Shanghai - ALY SONG / REUTERS

The first presumed case of coronavirus has been diagnosed in Northern Ireland while two more people tested positive in England on Thursday, taking the UK total to 16.

Northern Ireland's Public Health Agency announced the case at a briefing in Belfast and said it was "working rapidly" to identify anyone the patient came into contact with to prevent a further spread.

Meanwhile, schools could be closed for more than two months and public and sporting events would have to be cancelled if the virus intensifies, England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty has said.