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Coronavirus: Next Britons flown from China to be taken to Milton Keynes

British nationals on the next UK government flight back from China will be taken to a conference centre in Milton Keynes for a 14-day quarantine.

UK citizens on two earlier repatriation flights from Wuhan, the city at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak, are at Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral.

There have been three cases of coronavirus in the UK so far.

The third patient caught the virus at a business conference in Singapore, the BBC's Hugh Pym says.

Singaporean authorities contacted the man, who is British, to warn him there had been a confirmed case.

He is thought to have tested positive for the virus in Brighton and called NHS 111 from home for advice before going by arrangement to an isolation facility at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

He was tested and then went home, isolating himself while he waited for the results. The man was then transported by the NHS to St Thomas's Hospital in London, where he is being treated.

The latest Britons to be flown out of Wuhan on Sunday will be taken to Kents Hill Park, a training and conference venue on the outskirts of Milton Keynes. It is not known if the facility has any links to the NHS.

The two other UK cases – both Chinese nationals – are being treated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary infectious diseases centre in Newcastle.

The patients – a University of York student and one of their relatives – tested positive for the virus after falling ill at a hotel in York.

There have been more than 31,000 cases worldwide, mostly in China.

More than 600 people have died but only two of these were outside mainland China – one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines.

Cruise ship quarantine

Meanwhile, 61 people – including one British national – have tested positive for the virus on a cruise ship off the coast of Japan.

Briton Alan Steele, from Wolverhampton, who was on his honeymoon with his wife Wendy, is among those to be taken off the ship for hospital treatment.

He posted on Facebook on Friday that his new wife had remained on board.

He told friends: "Would also like to say that at the moment I am not showing any symptoms so just possibly a carrier. Will let you know how I am going on when possible."

Some 3,700 people are on board the Diamond Princess, which is quarantined in Yokohama for at least two weeks.

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Nearly 100 Britons have been flown out of Wuhan on flights arranged by the UK government.

All are now in quarantine on the Wirral for 14 days – the incubation period of the virus – to ensure they are not carrying the infection.

A final chartered flight for Britons is due to leave the city on Sunday, Read More – Source

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