UK Reports First Two Cases Of China Coronavirus, Say Health Officials

Tuesday, 04 Feb, 2020

Public Health England (PHE) confirmed that the two people taken ill - who are members of the same family - had been staying in York when they became unwell. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information.

After several delays, the British evacuation flight - chartered by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) - left Wuhan at 9.45 am local time on Friday, carrying 83 Britons and 27 non-UK nationals, mostly from European Union countries.

The flight, set to leave Wuhan city tonight, is expected to arrive at RAF airbase Brize Norton, in Oxfordshire, on Friday morning. While the number of confirmed cases has risen beyond 9,800.

At least 213 people in China have died from the disease and there has been nearly 10,000 recorded cases.

He also said the United Kingdom has been prepared and robust infection control measures are in place.

There have been 98 cases of the virus in 18 countries.

A SEARCH is under way for hundreds of people who flew from virus-hit Wuhan to Britain but are unaccounted for.

The chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty said the two patients were being treated at a hospital in Newcastle.

Announcing investment into stemming the spread of the virus, Mr Hancock said: "Vaccines are our best defence against a host of deadly diseases, including coronavirus".

World Health Organisation declared coronavirus a global health emergency, as the death toll in China, where the outbreak first appeared, rose to 213 today. The passengers will then be quarantined at the Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral for 14 days.

British diplomatic staff had been "working round the clock" to organise Friday's airlift, and had expected to evacuate up to 200 people but only 110 boarded. As the deadly virus claims more than 300 lives with almost 14,000 confirmed cases in China, the People's Bank of China released a statement which said that it would launch 1.2 trillion yuan reverse purchase operation to maintain "reasonable abundant liquidity" in the banking system.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the woman, who is in her 60s, was diagnosed after returning from Wuhan, China, where the outbreak originated.

"We appreciate the seriousness with which China is taking this outbreak, especially the commitment from top leadership, and the transparency they have demonstrated, including sharing data and genetic sequence of the virus".