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Coronavirus: UK to monitor flights from China as precaution – BBC News, BBC News

Coronavirus: UK to monitor flights from China as precaution – BBC News, BBC News
        

            

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The BBC’s online health editor talks us through what we know about the virus

The UK is to begin monitoring flights arriving from China, as part of a series of precautionary measures after the spread of a new coronavirus.

The measures, to be announced by the health secretary later , will apply to flights from Wuhan to London Heathrow.

Aircraft will land in an isolated part of Terminal 4, before being met by a health team, a government source said.

Public Health England has upgraded the risk from very low to low, the transport secretary said.

Chinese authorities have advised people to stop travel into and out of Wuhan , the city at the heart of the outbreak.

They also admitted the country is now at the “most critical stage” of prevention and control.

So far, there have been 440 confirmed cases and nine people have died.

Most cases have been in Wuhan and Chinese authorities believe the virus originated from a seafood market that “conducted illegal transactions of wild animals”.

However it has also spread to other Chinese cities and a handful of cases have been identified abroad, including in Japan and the US. There have been no cases in Britain.

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                                     At least medical) workers in Wuhan have also been infected with the virus                              

On Tuesday, authorities in China confirmed for the first time that human-to -human transmission of the virus had taken place.

Health team at airport

In its

most recent update on Monday,

Public Health England said the risk to the UK population was “very low” while the risk to travelers to Wuhan was “low”.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told BBC Radio 5live that Health Secretary Matt Hancock would be announcing a package of precautionary measures later.

“The flights that come in from the affected region will now be given extra attention,” Mr Shapps said.

According to a government source, the “port measures” will include:

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