Monday, March 2, 2020

Pupil, NHS worker among 4 new coronavirus in UK

A secondary school pupil in Devon and one of their family members are among four new coronavirus cases diagnosed in the UK today, as well as an NHS worker in Kent.

Forty patients have now been struck down with the deadly infection in Britain, as the government braces for the virus to spread further and faster amid fears the crisis will escalate within days.

Churston Ferrers Grammar School in Torbay confirmed a student tested positive for COVID-19, while the second case in Devon is a member of the same family. No other details are known. 

It comes after it was revealed this afternoon that one of the other cases diagnosed today was an NHS worker, whose hospital trust rents office space at Maidstone Studios, where ITV's Take Me Out used to be filmed.

The fourth case was in Hertfordshire. Health officials refused to reveal anymore details about the individuals – including gender or age – but confirmed they all caught the deadly virus in Italy.

Fears were today raised for scores of cancer patients at an NHS hospital in Hertfordshire after a clinician at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in Northwood was revealed to have caught the deadly virus.

More than a dozen patients are being tested for the killer virus and at least 10 staff members have been forced to self-isolate. The clinician is also believed to have also contracted the illness on holiday in Italy.