Matt Hancock, the UK health secretary has expressed his concern about a rare but serious new syndrome in children possibly linked to COVID-19. The children are brought in with high fevers and swollen arteries.

The British medical experts are investigating a possible link between the coronavirus pandemic and the clusters of severe inflammatory disease.

Mr Hancock said: “It’s a new disease that we think may be caused by coronavirus and the COVID-19 virus, we’re not 100% sure because some of the people who got it hadn’t tested positive, so we’re doing a lot of research now but it is something that we’re worried about.”

He added that while the disease is rare, it is “very significant” for children who do get it. NHS officials said less than 20 children in England have been admitted to hospital with the syndrome, which causes a toxic shock-style inflammatory reaction.