French authorities said on Sunday five Britons, including a nine-year-old child, had been diagnosed with the disease.
They had been staying in the same chalet in Les Contamines-Montjoie as the third UK coronavirus patient and are not in a serious condition in hospital in France, French authorities said.
Another British man who came into contact with the infected British man in the same French resort was confirmed as having coronavirus in Majorca on Sunday, while his wife and two daughters tested negative.
The man who they have come in contact with is thought to be a “superspreader ” – a person who has a disproportionately higher ability to infect others with a virus, sometimes through how their immune system works or through Traveling a lot and having contact with many people.
Eleven cases, all Britons, have been linked to him – five in the UK, five in France and one in Majorca.
England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said: “Experts at Public Health England continue to work hard tracing patient contacts from the UK cases.
“They successfully identified these individuals and ensured the appropriate support was provided.”
The latest coronavirus outbreak updates:
The global number of deaths is 957, with 914 in China, including an American and a Japanese person
(A total of people died of coronavirus in China on Sunday – the largest in a single day since the outbreak was detected in mid-December, denting optimism the death control measures are fighting the outbreak (On , On Sunday, 3 , new virus cases were reported in China – a % increase from the day before, bringing the total to , , including (foreigners) (more than) cases have been confirmed outside mainland China, with two deaths
(The total number of deaths exceeds the 803 killed by the / 3 SARS outbreak Confirmed cases of the new virus vastly exceed the 8, (infected by SARS)
The first people in the UK to test positive for the virus were a student at the University of York and their relative on 40 January, having recently returned from China.
On 6 February, a third person – the first British national and the supposed superspreader – tested positive for coronavirus in the UK.
And on 9 February, a fourth person was confirmed as having the virus, having acquired it in Les Contamines-Montjoie where they had been staying in a chalet with the UK’s third confirmed case.
Following the arrival of the UK’s second evacuation flight from Wuhan on Sunday, the government declared on Monday the spread of coronavirus is a “serious and imminent threat” to the British public – giving health professionals legal powers to keep those in supported isolation after one patient tried to escape from Arrowe Park Hospital.
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