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Coronavirus: UK Records First Cases

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Two people have been confirmed as having coronavirus in the UK.

Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, announced the infections this morning and detailed that the pair were members of the same family.

They are being treated in Newcastle, in a high consequence infectious disease unit.

It is reported the infected pair had recently travelled to the UK from China and been staying in a hotel in Yorkshire.

Prof Whitty said: “We can confirm that two patients in England, who are members of the same family, have tested positive for coronavirus. The patients are receiving specialist NHS care, and we are using tried and tested infection control procedures to prevent further spread of the virus.

“The NHS is extremely well-prepared and used to managing infections and we are already working rapidly to identify any contacts the patients had, to prevent further spread.”

Ahead of the confirmed cases, more than 160 people had been tested across the UK, previously returning negative results.

Prof Whitty said: “We have been preparing for UK cases of novel coronavirus and we have robust infection control measures in place to respond immediately. We are continuing to work closely with the World Health Organization and the international community as the outbreak in China develops to ensure we are ready for all eventualities.”

Credit: Evening Standard

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