Coronavirus began infecting people in Wuhan, China, with the Hunan seafood market reportedly being the centre of it all. Now, the life-threatening virus has spread to Thailand, Australia, Japan, Germany, France and cases have now been confirmed in the UK in England.
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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.”
Professor Whitty continued: “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 Organisation and the international community as the outbreak in China develops to ensure we are ready for all eventualities.”
Airlines have suspended flights due to the global health risk, with Virgin Atlantic releasing this statement: “This decision has been made with the safety of customers and staff at the front of our minds.”
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Gov.uk guidance says: “Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.
“Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.”
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