Updated: Feb 3, 2020
Two members of the same family have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, the chief medical officer for England has announced.
The Chinese nationals were guests at the Staycity apartment-hotel in York, before being taken to a specialist infectious diseases unit at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
Residents of the city are being reassured they are not at risk.
The hotel remains open for business but their apartment will be thoroughly disinfected, the company said.
The university’s vice-chancellor, Prof Charlie Jeffery, said: “Our immediate concerns are for the affected student and family, along with the health and continued wellbeing of our students, staff, and the residents and visitors of our city.
Prof Charlie said that the university would continue to operate as normal and reiterated to students, staff and parents that they are working with their partners across the city to ensure that York and the university remain a safe and welcoming place to live, work and visit.
He added: “We understand this development will cause concern and anxiety and we are working closely with the lead agency, Public Health England, and other agencies to manage this situation.”
Meanwhile, 83 British citizens have been evacuated from Wuhan in China and placed in quarantine.
Upon boarding the flight, they had to sign papers agreeing to an enforced period of isolation which is scheduled to last 14 days.
The UK nationals were taken by coach to Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral on Friday evening.
Meanwhile, the United States on Friday, declared a public health emergency, with President Donald Trump signing an order which will temporarily ban entry for most foreign nationals who have travelled within China in the last 14 days.
The death toll from the new virus, now stands at 304.
All the deaths occurred within China, with 294 of those occurring in Hubei province, where the virus originated. Hubei recorded 45 more deaths on Saturday.
First death outside of China reported
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