|[Published: Sunday February 09 2020]
Fourth patient in UK diagnosed with coronavirus
LONDON 9 Feb (ANA) - A fourth person has tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, England's chief medical officer has said.
The new case is a known contact of a previous British patient, and caught the virus in France.
It comes after around 200 British and foreign nationals evacuated from Wuhan on the UK's final rescue flight arrived at RAF Brize Norton on Sunday.
There have been more than 37,000 cases of the virus globally, mostly in China, where it originated.
In a statement on Sunday, Professor Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England, said the latest UK patient has been transferred to a specialist NHS centre at the Royal Free hospital in north London.
"We are now using robust infection control measures to prevent any possible further spread of the virus," he said.
"The NHS is extremely well prepared to manage these cases and treat them, and we are working quickly to identify any further contacts the patient has had.
"This patient followed NHS advice by self-isolating rather than going to A&E."
Meanwhile, a British man has been diagnosed with coronavirus in Majorca after contact with a carrier in France.
The repatriation flight arrived at RAF Brize Norton at around 07:30 GMT on Sunday, carrying more than 200 British and foreign nationals.
The Foreign Office said the flight was the second and last flight chartered by the government out of Wuhan, the city where the new coronavirus emerged.
The passengers comprised 105 Britons and their family members as well as 95 Europeans. A total of 13 staff and medics were also on board the flight.
Evacuees were taken on eight coaches to a Milton Keynes conference centre and hotel for 14 days of quarantine.(ANA)
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