Coronavirus arrives in UK, two cases confirmed by Medical Officer

Two patients in England test positive for the virus

Two people from the same family have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, the Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Chris Whitty has announced.

The first case of deadly coronavirus that has so far killed more than 200 people in China has been confirmed in the UK.

At least 213 people in China have died from the virus, with almost 10,000 cases nationally.

The Department of Health has declined to say where in England the patients are from but it is understood they are being treated at a hospital in Newcastle.

It is understood that they travelled to the UK from China in recent days, had been staying at a hotel in Yorkshire before being taken overnight to a specialist centre in Newcastle.


Prof Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England said the NHS was “extremely well-prepared for managing infections” and it was quickly trying to identify any contacts the patients had to prevent further spread.

He said the two people could not be identified because of patient confidentiality.

“We have been preparing for UK cases of novel coronavirus and we have robust infection control measures in place to respond immediately,” he added.