UK confirms its first coronavirus cases, Report

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UK confirms its first coronavirus cases, Report
UK confirms its first coronavirus cases, Report

Two people from the same family have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, the chief medical officer for England has announced.

The chief medical officer for England, Professor Chris Whitty, said the two patients are members of the same family.

The first cases of the virus to be diagnosed in the UK were announced as more than 80 Britons on an evacuation flight from the Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak were due to land in the UK.

The Department of Health declined to say where in England the patients are from but it is understood they are not in the Wirral area, where a special facility has been set up to quarantine those returning from Wuhan.

They are being treated at a hospital in Newcastle, sources told the PA news agency.

On Wednesday night, an apartment-hotel in Yorkshire was put on lockdown when a man, understood to be a Chinese national, was taken to hospital after falling ill.

The man, who was a guest at the Staycity Hotel in the centre of York, was taken to hospital, together with family members, by medics.

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