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The United Kingdom Record First Coronavirus Cases 

UK Record First Case Of Coronavirus Diagnosed In London
UK Record First Case Of Coronavirus Diagnosed In London

The United Kingdom is the latest country to record their first Coronavirus, as two people have been confirmed as having the deadly virus.

According to the report by UK Evening Standard, the Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Chris Whitty who announced the first Coronavirus on Friday, detailed that the pair were members of the same family. 

They are being treated in Newcastle, in a high consequence infectious disease unit. 

It is reported the infected pair had recently travelled to the UK from China and been staying in a hotel in Yorkshire, the report added.

Prof Whitty speaking on the issue, 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.”

The Department of Health said 177 tests for coronavirus have now been conducted, with 175 coming back negative and two confirmed positive, as of Friday. 

Prof Whitty, alongside the infection announcement, said: “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.”

The two cases are not linked to the repatriation flight and Prof Whitty said they did not increase the risk in the UK, which had already been raised to “moderate”. The risk, he added, is if the situation in China gets “out of control”.

The mortality rate of the coronavirus appears to be around two per cent, far lower than ebola, and mainly affecting older people with underlying medical conditions. But Prof Whitty added: “If we got very large numbers ,that is obviously a concern and something we would have to take seriously.”

In a bid to prevent the illness spreading an outbreak investigation team has been formed, to trace anyone who has been in contact with the pair.

Sharon Peacock, director for national infection service at Public Health England Professor, said: “We were able to stand up an outbreak investigation team immediately and that team is working now, and what they’ll be doing is aiming to contact everybody who has been in contact with these two cases and prevent onward transmission,” the report by Evening Standard added.

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