Another patient tests positive for deadly coronavirus in England

Another patient has tested positive for coronavirus in England, chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty said.

This brings the total number of cases in the UK to four.

Professor Whitty said: ‘A further patient has tested positive for novel coronavirus in England, bringing the total number of cases in the UK to four.

‘The new case is a known contact of a previously confirmed UK case, and the virus was passed on in France.

‘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 NHS is extremely well prepared to manage these cases and treat them, and we are working quickly to identify any further contacts the patient has had. This patient followed NHS advice by self-isolating rather than going to A&E.’

It comes after a British expat in Majorca tested positive for coronavirus in a hospital on the Spanish island.

Tests on the his wife and two daughters, aged seven and 10, came back negative.

The 46-year-old has been quarantined at the hospital. He lives in Marratxi near Palma, and sought help after coming into contact with someone in France who was later diagnosed with coronavirus.

He flew back to Majorca by plane after his trip to France.

This is a breaking news story, more to follow.

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