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Two People In UK Test Positive For Novel Coronavirus

A lady carrying a face masks passes a Public Health England signal, warning passengers arriving on flights into the UK, {that a} virus, Coronavirus, has been detected in Wuhan in China, at Terminal 4 of London Heathrow Airport in west London on January 28, 2020. Chinese President Xi Jinping mentioned Tuesday the nation was waging a critical combat in opposition to the “demon” coronavirus outbreak and pledged transparency within the authorities’s efforts to include the illness.
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British well being officers mentioned Friday two folks had examined optimistic for the novel coronavirus, within the nation’s first confirmed instances because the lethal outbreak emerged in China and started to unfold globally this month.

“We can confirm that two patients in England, who are members of the same family, have tested positive for coronavirus,” Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, mentioned in a press release.

“The patients are receiving specialist NHS care, and we are using tried and tested infection control procedures to prevent further spread of the virus,” he added, referring to the National Health Service.

Whitty mentioned the state-funded NHS was “extremely well-prepared” and officers had been “working rapidly to identify any contacts the patients had, to prevent the further spread”.

“We have been preparing for UK cases of novel coronavirus and we have robust infection control measures in place to respond immediately,” he added.

The SARS-like virus epidemic which originated within the central Chinese metropolis Wuhan has to this point killed 213 folks and unfold to a minimum of 18 nations around the globe.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday declared it a world public well being emergency.

Wuhan, a metropolis of 11 million folks, has been topic to an unprecedented lockdown, stopping residents from leaving in a bid to cease the lethal virus from spreading additional.

Thousands of foreigners had been amongst hundreds of thousands of individuals confined within the metropolis, and quite a few nations have begun airlifting their residents out.

A airplane chartered by Britain to evacuate its residents and different overseas nationals on Friday departed town with 110 folks aboard — 83 Britons and 27 foreigners.

It will land at an air power base in central England at round 1:00 pm (1300 GMT) native time, with returning Britons to be remoted for 14 days at a medical facility within the northwest of England.

It is known the newly-confirmed instances of the virus in Britain will not be positioned in that area.

UK well being officers declined to disclose the place that they had occurred citing affected person confidentiality.

AFP

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