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UK News Four Chinese patients are hospitalised with flu-like symptoms after returning from Wuhan to Scotland - as Health Secretary is urged to order checks on passengers on ALL flights from China

17:20  23 january  2020
17:20  23 january  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

China virus outbreak: UK to monitor flights from Wuhan as coronavirus continues to spread

  China virus outbreak: UK to monitor flights from Wuhan as coronavirus continues to spread Public Health England putting in place new precautions in relation to travellers to the UK from Chinese region at centre of outbreakNine people have died and hundreds of others have been infected, with cases detected in countries including the US, Japan, Thailand and South Korea.

Chinese authorities have urged people to stop travelling in and out of Wuhan , the Signs of infection with the new virus include respiratory symptoms , fever, cough, shortness of breath and At least 15 medical workers in Wuhan , who presumably came into contact with patients , are known to be infected.

China 's National Health Commission on Monday confirmed for the first time that the infection could be However most patients are in Wuhan , the central city of 11 million at the heart of the outbreak. Those infected had recently returned from Wuhan . Authorities in many places, including Australia

Coronavirus may have reached the UK as four Chinese travellers have been taken to hospital in Scotland with flu-like symptoms.

The unidentified patients are thought to be from Wuhan, the city at the heart of the outbreak which has killed 17 people and potentially infected up to 10,000. Nearly 600 cases have been confirmed.

Tests have so far failed to rule out coronavirus. The patients – who are in isolation – are being treated at Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

The Daily Record reports the patients flew in to London last week, before making their way to Scotland. It is unsure if they are related.

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  Direct flights from coronavirus-hit region of China face enhanced monitoring There are three direct flights a week that arrive at Heathrow Airport from Wuhan in China. As each of these flights land, the captain will tell passengers to let a flight attendant know if they feel unwell.These details will then be passed on to public health teams at the airport who will carry out further checks.There are no plans to introduce blanket temperature screening of all passengers, a spokesman for the DHSC said, as the incubation period for the illness can be five days.But all passengers on each flight will be given a leaflet explaining how they can seek help if they become unwell while in the UK.

Queensland health authorities confirm man is in quarantine at home in Brisbane and they are awaiting tests after he presented with flu - like symptoms .

Authorities in Wuhan , a central Chinese city of 11 million that has been at the heart of the outbreak China 's National Health Commission on Monday confirmed that two cases in China were due to "Who knows how many people who have been to Wuhan may be unaware that they have already

It comes as pressure grows on ministers to do more to protect the public, as fears grow the never-before-seen virus will reach British soil. Health Secretary Matt Hancock sought to reassure the public today as he addressed MPs about the killer outbreak.

Passengers from Wuhan – the Chinese city at the heart of the outbreak – last night claimed to have had an easy arrival through Heathrow.

Health officials claimed flights arriving from the city home to 11million people would be subject to 'enhanced monitoring' – but one passenger said they were told to ring the NHS 111 if we start feeling ill and 'that's it'.

Three Chinese cities, including Wuhan – which has banned all flights in and out of the city, have been placed in quarantine in a desperate attempt to try to contain the SARS-like virus, which can cause pneumonia and organ failure. And the capital Beijing today announced major Chinese New Year events have been cancelled.

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Thailand steps up monitoring at four airports receiving daily flights from Wuhan . The CDC announced that all passengers arriving to Wuhan from direct or connecting flights would be A five-year-old child arrived in the country on January 12 from Wuhan and has since been hospitalised

Authorities are urging people to stop travelling in and out of Wuhan , the city at the centre of the Officials in the UK are monitoring flights from China as a precaution. BBC health and science Given the type of virus, the incubation period (how long it takes for symptoms to appear after catching the

Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and Singapore today announced confirmed cases, meaning it has now spread to ten countries, including the US. Chinese officials have warned the infection will mutate and become deadlier.

Queen Elizabeth University Hospital has yet to issue a statement, saying the Scottish Government would release an update later today.

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First patient to recover from China 's killer coronavirus describes being treated in the ICU after The man said he then returned to his local hospital for more examination, and was found to have Officials measure temperatures of passengers on board on an Air China flight from Wuhan to Macau earlier

The new screening measures will focus on a direct flight from Wuhan City to Sydney, which flies three times a The most common symptom is a high fever, but patients can also show other respiratory This includes the 160 flights that fly directly from China to Australia each week, as well as hundreds

Senior doctors told the Record that they believe the cases may both be down to just the flu, given the patients' symptoms.

One source told the newspaper: 'There was no doubt the situation was being taken seriously because of the symptoms being displayed and the specific origin of travel.

'The patient came through London to Glasgow and after the symptoms were flagged up no chances were taken.

'The tests that were carried out could not immediately isolate what the condition might be and it may take a bit longer to be absolutely sure what doctors are dealing with. Obviously they are erring on the side of caution in the meantime.'

No other official details have been released about the patients. MailOnline has asked the Scottish Government for an update.

The head of infection medicine at the University of Edinburgh believes there will be many more cases from other cities in the UK – not just four.

Professor Jurgen Haas said three cases are in Edinburgh and the other is believed to be in Glasgow.

Coronavirus: What we know so far

What is this virus?

Coronavirus tests negative for two Scottish patients

  Coronavirus tests negative for two Scottish patients The remaining three people north of the border are still awaiting the results of their tests.Five people have been suspected of having coronavirus in Scotland but the first wave of test results revealed two of the patients were not infected by the potentially fatal virus.

What are the symptoms caused by the Wuhan coronavirus? The UK has advised against all but essential travel to Wuhan , the city where the outbreak began and all deaths have While the UK has put in place measures to check passengers at Heathrow arriving from Wuhan , flights out of the city

China ’s National Health Commission yesterday confirmed that the never-before-seen SARS- like coronavirus An official uses an infrared thermometer on a traveler at a health screening checkpoint at Wuhan Tianhe Three other travellers from China were checked by authorities at another airport

The virus has been identified as a new type of coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a large family of pathogens, most of which cause mild respiratory infections such as the common cold.

But coronaviruses can also be deadly. SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, is caused by a coronavirus and killed hundreds of people in China and Hong Kong in the early 2000s.

Can it kill?

Yes. Seventeen people have so far died after testing positive for the virus. What are the symptoms?

Its symptoms are typically a fever, cough and trouble breathing, but some patients have developed pneumonia, a potentially life-threatening infection that causes inflammation of the small air sacs in the lungs. People carrying the novel coronavirus may only have mild symptoms, such as a sore throat. They may assume they have a common cold and not seek medical attention, experts fear.

How is it detected?

The virus's genetic sequencing was released by scientists in China to the rest of the world to enable other countries to quickly diagnose potential new cases. This helps other countries respond quickly to disease outbreaks.

To contain the virus, airports are detecting infected people with temperature checks. But as with every virus, it has an incubation period, meaning detection is not always possible because symptoms have not appeared yet.

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State health officials in New South Wales are distributing pamphlets in English and Chinese to all passengers arriving from Wuhan describing the symptoms . The US has also started screening passengers on flights from Wuhan arriving at John F. Kennedy International Airport, San Francisco

China 's contagious killer virus comes to the US: American man in his 30s is hospitalized in Washington state with SARS- like coronavirus after On the heels of the identification of this first US patient , all flights from Wuhan into the US are being rerouted to the three airports set up last week

How did it start and spread?

The first cases identified were among people connected to the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan.

Cases have since been identified elsewhere which could have been spread through human-to-human transmission.

What are countries doing to prevent the spread?

Countries in Asia have stepped up airport surveillance. They include Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines.

Australia and the US are also screening patients for a high temperature, and the UK announced it will screen passengers returning from Wuhan.

Is it similar to anything we've ever seen before?

Experts have compared it to the 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). The epidemic started in southern China and killed more than 700 people in mainland China, Hong Kong and elsewhere

Mr Hancock today insisted officials would 'not hesitate' to ramp up UK measures to protect the home nations from the spread of the deadly Chinese coronavirus.

In parliament this morning, the Health Secretary told MPs: 'Currently the evidence suggests the vast majority of cases are in Wuhan.

'Obviously we keep that under constant review and we will not hesitate to take further steps if that's necessary to protect the British public.'

He added: 'We have been closely monitoring the situation in Wuhan and have put in place proportionate, precautionary measures.'

His comments came amid growing fears the safety checks at UK airports were not tough enough.

Shadow health minister Sharon Hodgson said arrivals seemed to be getting 'virtually no screening'.

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He returned from Wuhan on Jan. 15, two days before passenger screening was instituted at three major airports in the United States, but he had no They will monitor those fellow passengers for fever and respiratory symptoms . “ We ’ re very comfortable the patient is isolated and poses little risk to the

WUHAN , China — The mysterious coronavirus that has killed at least four people and sickened more than 200 in China In Japan, a Chinese man who returned from Wuhan on Jan. Dozens of people were hospitalized after returning to Hong Kong from mainland China , but none were found to have

And she asked if flights from other Chinese cities would be monitored. Officials said yesterday just passengers from Wuhan would be monitored.

Travellers from the giant city, home to 11million people, were separated last night at Heathrow Airport, as part of a drastic plan to contain any potential spread of the virus.

Ministers announced the Wuhan flight – one of three direct flights that go to London each week – would land in an isolated area of Terminal 4, and passengers would be met by a team of medics.

But holiday-makers arriving from the virus-hit city expressed their shock as they were met by a health team but had not been subject to any screening checks.

Instead, they were given a Public Health England leaflet, advising them to contact doctors if they felt ill before being allowed into the country before they were let directly though the airport after baggage reclaim and immigration checks. One said it felt like a 'completely normal flight'.

By contrast, countries including the US, Malaysia and Singapore have introduced more rigorous checks, with all passengers coming in from Wuhan are having their temperature taken, regardless of whether they have any symptoms.

And Britain is carrying no checks on passengers coming in to Britain on the dozens of flights originating from Wuhan which come via Bangkok in Thailand, Shanghai in China or Hong Kong.

Wuhan yesterday shut down its entire public transport system as it tried to halt the outbreak of the deadly virus.

People have been told not to leave the area and the airport and train stations will be closed to outgoing passengers, in a week when millions are travelling for the upcoming New Year holiday.

THE KILLER VIRUS MAY HAVE COME FROM BATS, SCIENTISTS SAY

The killer coronavirus sweeping across the world may have come from bats, scientists have said.

Coronavirus in Scotland fears as suspected new case identified

  Coronavirus in Scotland fears as suspected new case identified The Scottish Government confirmed this afternoon that tests are currently being carried out on another potential case of the deadly virus.On Thursday, five patients were confirmed as being tested for the infection, but ministers announced they had been given the all-clear on Friday.

US authorities have begun screening air passengers coming from central China . Last month, health officials began reporting new cases of viral pneumonia, including symptoms of fever, cough Officials connected the patients to a food market in Wuhan . So far there are six reported deaths, all in China .

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the People's Liberation Army and Institut Pasteur of Shanghai came to the conclusion.

In a statement, the team said: 'The Wuhan coronavirus' natural host could be bats… but between bats and humans there may be an unknown intermediate.

Tests of the virus, which has yet to be named, have revealed it targets a protein called ACE2 – just like its cousin SARS, the South China Morning Post reported.

Tracing the evolution of the virus, the team of experts found it belonged to betacoronavirus, making it structurally similar to SARS.

Authorities have pointed the blame on food markets in Wuhan, the Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak that scientists are scrambling to contain.

Rodents and bats among other animals are slaughtered and sold in traditional 'wet markets', which tourists flock to see the 'real' side of the country.

Two cities close to Wuhan today also announced public transport would be locked down.

Ezhou has shut down train stations, and Huanggang will suspend public buses and trains and order cinemas and internet cafes to close their doors.

Officials in Beijing, the Chinese capital home to 21million people, today announced all major Chinese New Year events in the city have been cancelled.

Fears of the coronavirus today, which has yet to be officially named, have grown as Vietnam became the ninth country to declare a confirmed case.

Reports say the father and son, whose identities haven't been revealed, had arrived from Wuhan. Both are said to be in a good condition.

Singapore announced just hours before that it also had a confirmed case, with a 66-year-old man also from Wuhan testing positive for the virus.

Four cases have also been recorded in Thailand and two in Hong Kong. Taiwan, Japan, Macau and South Korea have all reported one case.

The US has also reported a case – an unidentified man from Washington state, who is in his 30s. It was revealed today that he had came into close contact with at least 16 people before he was put in isolation.

According to health officials, he wasn't diagnosed until Monday, January 20 - five days after he returned from China.

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Coronavirus in Scotland fears as suspected new case identified .
The Scottish Government confirmed this afternoon that tests are currently being carried out on another potential case of the deadly virus.On Thursday, five patients were confirmed as being tested for the infection, but ministers announced they had been given the all-clear on Friday.

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