A further 83 Britons have been evacuated from Wuhan in China, where the virus started, and are now in quarantine at Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral.

The new coronavirus, its full name Wuhan novel coronavirus, has caused the deaths of 213 people so far, all in China, and cases have been confirmed in Thailand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the US.

Health officials have been urging people to practice good hygiene to help prevent the spread of the virus.

As well as regular hand washing and coughing and sneezing into tissues before disposing of them properly, suggestions have been made on social media to stock up on disinfectant spray Dettol to prevent and even “cure” the virus.

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