Coronavirius: University of York student one of the two United Kingdom patients

Henrietta Brewer
February 3, 2020

A student at the University of York is one of the two Chinese citizens who have tested positive for the coronavirus in the UK.

Sharon Stoltz, City of York Council's director of health, said: "The risk to people in York remains very low".

"Our immediate concern is for the students and families affected, and the health and well-being of our employees, students and visitors".

The calls have come from staff, students, parents and a small number of members of the public with general concerns and asking for information and guidance, a university spokesman said.

"PHE (Public Health England) has warned us that there is little risk of infection spreading to others on campus".

The company says they've been told there is "minimal ongoing risk of infection" and therefore remains open for business.

The Department of Health has confirmed that a total of 324 people have tested negative from 326 tests in the UK.

The University is continuing to monitor the situation closely in order to provide advice to students.

Following an investigation into where the student lived, a spokesperson for the University has said "the diagnosed student was not on campus or in student accommodation for the period before they they were exposed to the virus" and "was not on campus or in student accommodation after being exposed to the virus".

University of York Students' Union president Samara Jones said "many students" are likely to be anxious by the news.

Two people leave the StayCity building in York, where the people with confirmed cases of coronavirus had been staying.

Ms Stoltz said it needed to be seen in context and York, which was hosting its annual ice sculpture trial this weekend, remained a safe place for both visitors and residents.

A plane carrying Britons from Wuhan arrived at RA Brize Norton yesterday afternoon.

"The line â€" 01904 809571 â€" will remain open on Monday.

So far the pair are the only confirmed cases in the United Kingdom, and yesterday 83 British citizens arrived home from Wuhan - the epicentre of the crisis.

Kitchens are available for those who wish to self-cater, and families are being kept together, with games consoles, toys and cots provided.

The evacuation came after the UK's four chief medical officers raised the risk level of the illness from low to moderate and the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared an global public health emergency.

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