Coronavirus: The virus has now hit the UK
The coronavirus has now reached the United Kingdom, with two cases of the deadly disease being confirmed by Public Health England.
As reported by Sky News, Professor Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer for England, has 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."
Earlier this week, a Chinese medical professional was recorded breaking down with stress while treating patients with the virus:
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."
Per the Mirror, the death toll for the SARS-like disease has now reached 210 people.
As reported by the BBC, 83 Britons and 27 foreign nationals are currently flying back to the UK from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the center of the outbreak. The plane is due to land at RAF Brize Norton at 13:30 GMT.
Once landed, those onboard will then be taken to Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral and quarantined for two weeks.