A University of York student is one of the two people who have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, a university spokesman has said.
The spokesman added Public Health England has advised university officials the risk of infection being passed on campus is “low”.
The country’s first two confirmed patients of the virus – who are members of the same family – are being treated at a specialist unit in Newcastle.
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They had checked in to the Staycity apartment-hotel in York on Wednesday and were taken to hospital that evening.
Health chiefs confirmed on Friday that they had tested positive for the virus, which has killed 439 people in China.
The university spokesman said in a statement on Saturday: ”We understand this development will cause concern and anxiety among our students, staff, and the wider community.
“PHE (Public Health England) has advised us that the risk of infection being passed to others on campus is low.
“Current information from PHE suggests that the student did not come into contact with anybody on campus whilst they had symptoms, but investigations are ongoing to fully establish this.
“Our immediate concerns are for the affected student and family, along with the health and continued wellbeing of our staff, students and visitors.”
The hotel firm has said the apartment involved has been thoroughly disinfected and PHE is providing support.
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The two patients are being treated at the specialist Airborne High Consequences Infectious Disease Center (HCID) based at Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) hospital.
Professor Sharon Peacock said PHE is contacting people who had close contact – defined as being within two meters of the infected person for minutes – with the pair.
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investigation team is working to identify anyone who may be at risk from infection to try and prevent the virus spreading further within the UK population.
The PHE team will follow the pair’s movements and anyone who may be at risk will be told to self-isolate indoors for two weeks and avoid going to work or visiting public places and using public transport.
Anyone who becomes ill will be asked to call the NHS 161 helpline and could then be tested for the virus and if they test positive, officials will begin the process again to trace any contacts.