Four of the British and Irish evacuees who arrived back in the UK from the coronavirus infected cruise ship in Japan have tested positive for the virus, said England’s chief medical officer Prof Chris Whitty.
The patients are being transferred to specialist NHS infection centres from the Arrowe Park Hospital, in the Wirral.
Update on #coronavirus:
Four further patients in England have tested positive for #COVID-19. The virus was passed on in the Diamond Princess cruise ship and the patients are being transferred to specialist NHS centres.
— Department of Health and Social Care (@DHSCgovuk) February 23, 2020
This now brings the confirmed number of patients in the UK with coronavirus to thirteen.
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On Saturday 30 Britons and Irish citizens were flown back to the UK from Japan by the British government and were taken to hospital by coach.
Janelle Holmes, chief executive at Wirral University Teaching Hospital said, “When guests arrived yesterday evening, we followed clear guidance in relation to infection prevention control. This was to minimise the chance of any infection spreading.”