Officials are attempting to trace people who had close contact with two Chinese nationals diagnosed with the new strain of coronavirus in the UK.
The pair, who are related, were taken ill while staying at a hotel in York on Friday.
Public Health England (PHE) said anyone who had close contact – defined as being within two metres of those infected for at least 15 minutes – will receive health advice.
Professor Sharon Peacock, director of the national infection service at PHE, said: “Public Health England is contacting people who had close contact with the confirmed cases.
“Close contacts will be given health advice about symptoms and emergency contact details to use if they become unwell in the 14 days after contact with the confirmed cases.”
As far as I’m concerned, PHE is a racket like ASH. The idea of them having any sort of role in the coronavirus epidemic is very disturbing. I think it means that the UK will almost certainly have an epidemic.