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Coronavirus: First case in London as virus spreads to capital | UK News



The first coronavirus case has been confirmed in London, Sky News understands.

It is the ninth confirmed case in the UK.

Meanwhile, the quarantine of 83 people being held in Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral, Merseyside, is expected to be lifted amid reports they have all tested negative for the covid-19 strain of the coronavirus.

All of those in quarantine were flown back from China and taken directly to the hospital after arriving in the UK on 31 January.

A spokesman for the Department of Health said the “quarantine is expected to end tomorrow” but declined to comment on the test results of the patients.

In other developments:

  • Deaths from COVID-19 pass 1,100; total cases near 45,000
  • 2,015 new cases confirmed on 11 February – the fewest since 30 January
  • Two prisoners being tested in Oxfordshire – one had recently transferred from a Thai jail
  • Another 39 test positive on Diamond Princess ship off Japan, bringing total to 169
  • The only two deaths outside mainland China remain one in Hong Kong and one in the Philippines
  • Bank of England governor says virus “already bigger than SARS” from economic perspective
  • The Chinese Grand Prix due to take place in Shanghai on 19 April has been cancelled

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