Coronavirus: First UK cases as two family members test positive

Henrietta Brewer
February 3, 2020

The patients, who are members from the same family, have tested positive for coronavirus and are now receiving specialist NHS care in Newcastle with infection control procedures to prevent further spread of the virus.

On Friday, South Korea evacuated 367 of its citizens from Wuhan.

"We know that the virus is spreading very rapidly in China, so it's quite likely that we will see some cases in Wales and the rest of the United Kingdom".

"The chief medical officer's statement gives no information on where these two members of the same family acquired their infection", he observed.

Chris Whitty on Friday said that the pair, who are members of the same family, were receiving "specialist NHS care", adding "we are using tried and tested infection control procedures to prevent further spread of the virus".

He added officials were working to identify any contacts the two patients had.

Despite the World Health Organization insisting travel restrictions are not needed, the U.S. and Australia are among a number of countries to ban entry to foreign internationals who have recently been in China.

Being treated in NewcastleThe Isle of Wight NHS Trust said the cases were in the north of England.

Perhaps coincidentally, on Wednesday, a StayCity hotel in York was placed on lockdown after a Chinese citizen staying there became ill and taken to hospital.

Dr Giri Shankar, expert lead advisor for nicely being security at Public Properly being Wales, said: "For causes of affected particular person confidentiality Public Properly being Wales is simply not able to contact upon explicit particular person situations".

A spokesman for the Foreign Office (FCO) said: "The Government is in touch with British nationals who remain in Wuhan, and are doing everything we can to bring them home as safely and quickly as possible".

The patient has been taken to hospital for coronavirus tests, while the other 10 continued their journey to join 83 others at Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral, according to an email from Janelle Holmes, chief executive of Arrowe Park.

A letter sent to the head of the coach firm, seen by Sky News, said none of the passengers had displayed symptoms of infection on arrival and the medical teams had worn the special clothing as a precaution, should they need to treat anyone in transit.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced a second flight would be arriving on Sunday.

"We know how distressing the situation has been for those waiting to leave".

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