Coronavirus hits the UK: Two English patients from same family test positive for the killer virus sweeping the world
Two people in England have been diagnosed with the Wuhan coronavirus.
The patients are members of the same family and have become the first English people to be diagnosed with it since the outbreak began at the beginning of the year.
Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England 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.
‘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.’
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