THE race is on to trace passengers who were on board a flight with the Brit coronavirus ‘super-spreader’.

Public Health England are frantically trying to make contact with anyone who may have been seated in the vicinity of the patient.

 Easyjet has confirmed that one of its passengers has been diagnosed with coronavirus since travelling

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Easyjet has confirmed that one of its passengers has been diagnosed with coronavirus since travellingCredit: AFP – Getty
 The coronavirus has claimed hundreds of lives in China - and is now an 'imminent' threat to the UK, the government has warned

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The coronavirus has claimed hundreds of lives in China – and is now an ‘imminent’ threat to the UK, the government has warnedCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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The businessman flew back to Britain on an easyJet flight from Geneva that landed at London Gatwick on January 28.

It throws open the possibility he could have spread the virus to the 183 passengers and six crew.

A spokesperson for the airline said: “EasyJet has been notified by the public health authority that a customer who had recently travelled on one of its flights has since been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

“Public Health England is contacting all passengers who were seated in the vicinity of the customer on flight EZS8481 from Geneva to London Gatwick on 28 January to provide guidance in line with procedures.

“As the customer was not experiencing any symptoms, the risk to others on board the flight is very low.

“We remain in contact with the public health authorities and are following their guidance.

“The health and well-being of our passengers and crew is the airline’s highest priority.

“All of the crew who operated have been advised to monitor themselves for a 14-day period since the flight in line with Public Health England advice. Note this happened 12 days ago and none are displaying any symptoms.”

Forcible quarantine

It comes as the government today introduced new measures to “forcibly quarantine” British coronavirus patients.

The health ministry warned of a “serious and imminent threat” to public health.

The deadly virus claimed more than 900 lives and infected 40,000 people, including four in the UK.

A spokesman said: “Our infection control procedures are world leading and the NHS is well prepared to deal with novel coronavirus.

“We are strengthening our regulations so we can keep individuals in supported isolation for their own safety and if public health professionals consider they may be at risk of spreading the virus to other members of the public.

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“This measure will rightly make it easier for health professionals to help keep people safe across the country.”

Brit ‘super-spreader’

It comes after a British man who caught coronavirus in Singapore appears to be linked to at least seven other confirmed cases in England, France and Spain.

The middle-aged “super-spreader” contracted the deadly virus while at a conference in Singapore and is then believed to have passed it on while staying at a chalet in France before flying home on a packed easyJet flight.

Health officials are not confirming a link or giving detail on his relationship to the other people diagnosed with the illness, but he is understood to have been the first UK national to contract the disease.

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 Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre is one of the designated 'isolation' facilities for coronavirus patients

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Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre is one of the designated ‘isolation’ facilities for coronavirus patients
 An ambulance arrives at Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre, in Milton Keynes, ahead of the repatriation to the UK of the latest coronavirus evacuees

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An ambulance arrives at Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre, in Milton Keynes, ahead of the repatriation to the UK of the latest coronavirus evacuees

There are now four confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK, with this man having been the third to test positive.

Information on the Department of Health website says Health Secretary Matt Hancock has introduced the new powers in light of the “public health emergency” from coronavirus originating in Wuhan in China.

A statement says: “In accordance with Regulation 3, the Secretary of State declares that the incidence or transmission of novel coronavirus constitutes a serious and imminent threat to public health, and the measures outlined in these regulations are considered as an effective means of delaying or preventing further transmission of the virus.”

The Dept of Health later tweeted to say that the risk to the public had not changed and remains at “moderate”.

Around 150 Brits were flown back from Wuhan yesterday and will now be quarantined at a facility in Milton Keynes.

Arrowe Park Hospital and Kents Hill Park have been designated as “isolation” facilities, with and Wuhan and Hubei province in China labelled “infected areas”.

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The British man who caught coronavirus in Singapore was diagnosed in Brighton and transferred to the specialist infectious diseases unit at St Thomas’ Hospital in London on Thursday.

The five British nationals who have tested positive in France were diagnosed after they came into contact with him, according to the French health ministry.

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The four adults and a nine-year-old child, who are not in a serious condition, were staying in the Alpine resort area of Contamines-Montjoie near Mont Blanc.

One of the victims is Bob Saynor, who owns the ski chalet in Contamines-Montjoie, and his nine-year-old son.

French officials said the British individual who was in Singapore returned on January 24 and stayed for four days in the area in eastern France, before returning to England on January 28.

Meanwhile, a British man in Majorca has also tested positive for coronavirus, while his wife and two daughters tested negative.

This new case would appear to be linked to the cluster of cases in the French ski resort which is also linked to the case in Brighton

Professor Paul Hunter

According to the government in the Balearic Islands, the family said they had been in contact with a person who tested positive for coronavirus in France.

Confirming the fourth UK case on Sunday, chief medical officer for England Professor Chris Whitty said the patient, who is being treated at the Royal Free Hospital in London, is “a known contact of a previously confirmed UK case, and the virus was passed on in France”.

Professor Paul Hunter, professor in medicine, University of East Anglia, said on Sunday: “From today’s reports, this new case would appear to be linked to the cluster of cases in the French ski resort which is also linked to the case in Brighton.”

 Bob Saynor and his son were infected at the French ski resort

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Bob Saynor and his son were infected at the French ski resort
 A flight, with more than 200 people on board, included some foreign nationals

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A flight, with more than 200 people on board, included some foreign nationals

As of 2pm on Sunday, the Department of Health said a total of 795 coronavirus tests were concluded in the UK, with four testing positive and 791 confirmed negative.

Meanwhile, another plane carrying people evacuated from Wuhan landed at RAF Brize Norton on Sunday morning.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the flight had brought back 105 British nationals and family members, as well as 95 European nationals and family members.

Elsewhere, 60 more people on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship in the port of Yokohama have tested positive for coronavirus, Japan’s health minister has said.

There are now 130 confirmed cases on the ship, with officials previously saying 70 people had the virus among the 3,711 passengers and crew.

What is coronavirus?

Coronavirus is an airborne virus, spread in a similar way to colds and the flu.

The virus attacks the respiratory system, causing lung lesions.

Symptoms include a runny nose, headache, cough and fever, shortness of breath, chills and body aches.

It is incredibly contagious and is spread through contact with anything the virus is on as well as infected breath, coughs or sneezes.

Symptoms include a runny nose, headache, cough and fever, shortness of breath, chills and body aches.

In most cases, you won’t know whether you have a coronavirus or a different cold-causing virus, such as rhinovirus.

But if a coronavirus infection spreads to the lower respiratory tract (your windpipe and your lungs), it can cause pneumonia, especially in older people, people with heart disease or people with weakened immune systems.

There is no vaccine for coronavirus.

In 2003 an outbreak of a similar virus, SARS, infected more than 8,000 people in 37 countries before it was brought under control, killing 800 of those worldwide.

More than 3,600 people, including 78 British passport holders, are still in a 14-day quarantine on board the ship.

British honeymooner Alan Steele, who was transferred from the cruise liner to hospital in Japan with coronavirus, was said to be feeling well and in good spirits over the weekend.

In the UK, a University of York student and their relative are still being treated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary infectious diseases centre in Newcastle.

There have been more than 40,000 cases of the virus globally, mostly in China, while the death toll in China now stands at 908.

However, the number of newly-infected people per day has stabilised, reports suggest.

The announcement comes after more than 60 confirmed cases of the virus were found on the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan.

The death toll yesterday rose to 908 after 97 people died in just one day.

Across mainland China there were also a further 3,062 confirmed infections, taking the total number to 40,171.

Another UK coronavirus patient tests positive in England bringing total to four





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