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Fourth Confirmed Case of Deadly Coronavirus in United Kingdom

A fourth confirmed case of coronavirus is recently reported after the patient has given the positive test for coronavirus in the UK after picking up the virus by another British case in France.

Both the patients are being treated at the Royal Free Hospital, north London marking first person suffering from the highly-contagious viral infection in the capital.

The victim caught the infection from a previously confirmed British patient in France who was under quarantine in Brighton and recently returned from a trip to the Alpine ski resort

This Brighton man was the third confirmed coronavirus case on UK soil who joined two Chinese nationals who were quarantined in York.

Health officials are currently scrambling to identify anyone who was in contact with these UK victims to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Professor Whitty said the identification of this case brings the total number of cases of deadly coronavirus in the United Kingdom to four. He said the experts at Public Health England are working to trace the patient contacts from these UK cases. They successfully identified the fourth UK patient and ensured to provide appropriate support.

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The patient has been shifted to the NHS centre at the Royal Free Hospital. Experts are currently using robust infection preventive measures to avoid the further spread of this deadly virus.

The NHS is highly prepared to manage and treat these cases. Experts are working for the identification of any possible contacts the victim has had. The victim followed the advice of NHS by self-isolating instead of going to A&E.

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The nationality of this patient has not been confirmed yet, but it is understood he caught the infection from a Brighton man who got infected in Singapore where he attended a business conference. He then visited France and stayed at Les Contamines-Montjoie and infected five Britons including a nine-year-old patient who is being treated in the Alpine region.

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Six other British nationals at the resort were also isolated but they have been diagnosed. The local school which was attended by the child has temporarily closed.

Professor at the University of East Anglia, Paul Hunter said the recent case is linked to the same cluster in the French ski chalet that is also linked to the previous case in Brighton, UK national coming back from Singapore.

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The health ministry said the identification of the cases which may have had linked with the man has already begun. His wife and daughters tested negative.

It comes as the government-charted plane that rescued Britons from China, landed at Royal Air Force Brize Norton, Carterton, Oxfordshire. The passengers on this charter flight have been placed to the Kents Hill Park hotel and the conference centre in Milton Keynes, where they are going to be quarantined for 14 days.

Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab said the flight has recovered 105 Britons and family members, also 95 European nationals and their family members. A total of 13 staff and doctors were also on board. According to the ambulance service, the presence of this group in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire wouldn’t show a risk of deadly coronavirus to the local residents.


Amna Rana

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