First case of coronavirus in Wales as two more confirmed in England

Henrietta Brewer
February 28, 2020

The chief medical officer for Wales, Dr Frank Atherton has confirmed the first case of coronavirus after the patient had travelled back from northern Italy.

Guidance published by ministers says face masks are only recommended to be worn by "symptomatic individuals" to reduce the risk of transmitting the infection to other people.

Dr Giri Shankar, incident director for the Covid-19 outbreak response at Public Health Wales, said: "Public Health Wales is working hard to identify close contacts, and we are taking all appropriate actions to reduce any risk to the public's health".

One further patient in England has tested positive for Covid-19.

"There are likely to be some more cases in the coming weeks but the United Kingdom public can be reassured that we have experienced teams in place to manage the isolation and care of people diagnosed with coronavirus and perform robust tracing and screening of their contacts".

On Thursday, two patients in England tested positive for the virus.

Both English patients contracted the virus in Iran, chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said.

Italy has confirmed at least 400 cases and 12 deaths after a severe outbreak in the north of the country.

Meanwhile, sources told the PA news agency that around 50 of the 168 Britons confined to the H10 Costa Adeje Palace in Tenerife will be allowed to leave if they wish.

On Friday, easyJet said it will be cancelling flights as a result of the continued spread of coronavirus.

Several other schools across the country were also closed.

Public Health England said it was working with Surrey County Council to contact people who had "close contact" with the Surrey coronavirus case.

It urges healthcare professionals to identify potential cases as soon as possible, prevent potential transmission of infection to other patients and staff, and avoid direct physical contact - including physical examination and exposure to respiratory and other secretions.

Airline Jet2 has said it will not fly back any people who have been staying at the hotel until they have tested negative for the illness, or until the incubation period has passed.

Coronavirus presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing.

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