Authorities in the United Kingdom, Russia, and Italy said patients tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus, the first confirmed cases in the countries.
Englands Department of Health and Social Care said in a statement on Friday that there are two confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the country.
Both patients were transferred to a specialist infection unit in Newcastle.
“We are using tried and tested infection control procedures to prevent further spread of the virus,” Englands Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said in a statement.
Medical workers are “working rapidly to identify any contacts the patients had” to try to prevent further spread of the new virus, Whitty added.
The chief medical officers in the UK raised the coronavirus risk level from “low” to “moderate,” saying in a statement: “This does not mean we think the risk to individuals in the U.K. has changed at this stage, but that government should plan for all eventualities.”
Anyone returning to the United Kingdom from China showing respiratory symptoms were advised by authorities to self-isolate for 14 days, the current maximum incubation period known to experts. Anyone returning from Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus, was asked to self-isolate even if they werent showing symptoms.
In Italy, two Chinese tourists in Rome tested positive for the virus, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said at a press conference late Thursday.
The tourists are a husband and wife, AFP reported. They were isolated at the Spallanzani infectious diseases institute in Italys capital.
“Im confident that the situation will remain contained,” Conte said.
The Italian government said it was instituting a travel ban, forcing the cancellation of all flights between Italy and China, and declaring a state of emergency.
“We think we are the first EU country to take this precautionary measure,” Conte said.
Russia also said it confirmed the countrys first two cases of coronavirus.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said that the two patients are both Chinese citizens. Theyre in the Trans-Baikal Region and the Tyumen Region.
“They are under strict surveillance. They have been isolated, and necessary assistance has been provided to them,” she said. Russia was planning to evacuate its citizens from Hubei Province, Golikova said at a press conference, and would cancel all flights by Russian carriers between Russia and China. Four Chinese Read More – Source