Two people from the same family have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK, the chief medical officer for England has announced.

The Chinese nationals were guests at the Staycity apartment-hotel in York, before being taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

The hotel remains open for business but their apartment will be thoroughly disinfected, the company said.

They are being taken to a hospital in Wirral and quarantined for 14 days.

The new coronavirus has caused the deaths of 213 people so far – all in China.

Cases of the virus have reached nearly 10,000 in China – and more than 100 cases have been reported in 22 other countries.

Prof Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England, said the NHS was “extremely well-prepared for managing infections” and it was quickly trying to identify any close contacts the two patients had to prevent further spread.

But he said the confirmed cases could not be identified because of patient confidentiality.

Source: BBC