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09/02/2020 10:57 GMT | Updated 09/02/2020 11:26 GMT

Coronavirus: Fourth Person Tests Positive In England

The virus was passed on in France.

A fourth person has tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, the chief medical officer has announced.

Professor Chris Whitty said the patient is “a known contact” of a previously confirmed UK case and the virus was passed on in France, PA Media reports.

The latest development comes as the death toll in China reached 811, surpassing the number killed in the SARS outbreak in 2002-2003.

Professor Whitty said: “Experts at Public Health England continue to work hard tracing patient contacts from the UK cases. They successfully identified this individual and ensured the appropriate support was provided.

“The patient has been transferred to a specialist NHS centre at The Royal Free Hospital, and we are now using robust infection control measures to prevent any possible further spread of the virus.” 

The last plane carrying British citizens evacuated from the coronavirus-hit city of Wuhan landed in Oxfordshire on Sunday.

The passengers will now be taken to the Kents Hill Park hotel and conference centre in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, where they will be quarantined for 14 days. The ambulance service said the presence of the group in Milton Keynes would not present a risk to local people.

The arrival of the plane in England comes as a British man in Majorca tested positive for coronavirus.

His wife and two daughters tested negative, the government in the Balearic Islands said.