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Coronavirus outbreak: More Britons evacuated from infection epicentre

A “small group” of Britons who did not make it onto the first evacuation flight from China’s coronavirus epicentre are returning to the UK.

They will be taken to the special quarantine facility at Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral, where more than 80 people are already under observation after being flown back from Wuhan.

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It comes as a UK-wide campaign was launched offering the public advice on how to stop the spread of the deadly virus after Britain’s first two confirmed cases.

The pair – who fell ill while staying at a hotel in York – are members of the same family, and one of them is a student at the University of York.

They are being treated at a specialist hospital unit in Newcastle and health authorities are urgently trying to trace anyone who has come into contact with them.


Speaking to Sky News, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab confirmed more UK citizens would arrive back from China aboard a French plan on Sunday.

He told Sky’s Sophy Ridge On Sunday: “They will go to the Arrowe Park facility and all of the protections, the support during the 14-day period will be put in place.

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“So they will be treated very well, and of course the reason we need to do that is on the one hand we want to get the UK nationals that want to leave China out, on the other hand we need to make sure we control and prevent the spread of the coronavirus because of the implications that that would have.”

Meanwhile, a man in the Philippines has become the first person outside China to die from the outbreak.

The outbreak as so far claimed the lives of more than 300 people while the number of confirmed cases of infection has now topped 14,000.

The virus’s rapid spread in two months recently prompted the WHO to declare it a global emergency.

It has called on governments to prepare for “domestic outbreak control”.

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More than 130 cases have been reported across at least 25 other countries including the US, Russia, France, Australia and the United Arab Emirates.

Despite the WHO insisting travel restrictions are not needed, the US and Australia are among a number of countries to ban entry to foreign internationals who have recently been in China.

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A growing number of international airlines has also suspended all or some flights to China.

Efforts to contain the virus threatens to slow growth of the world’s second largest economy.


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