Friday, February 7, 2020

Third UK patient 'caught coronavirus in Singapore'

A third UK patient has been diagnosed with coronavirus, medics have said. The person, who has not been identified, contracted the disease overseas, the Department of Health confirmed.

According to The Guardian, the patient was diagnosed in Brighton, and is being taken to a hospital in London.

It comes after two people in York, believed to be a student and his mum, were taken ill with the deadly disease, which has claimed more than 500 lives worldwide.

The student had been staying at Staycity Aparthotel in the city when they were taken ill last Wednesday, January 29.

Professor Chris Whitty said the person, who did not contract the virus in the UK, is currently being transferred to one of the UK's four infectious diseases centres for treatment.

Two other patients are still being treated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary infectious diseases centre in Newcastle upon Tyne.

In a statement, Prof Whitty said: "A further patient has tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the UK to three.