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A British teacher quarantined for two weeks over coronavirus fears says he feels “jubilation” at being able to go home.

Kharn Lambert is among the dozens of Britons who were rescued from the Chinese city of Wuhan and placed in quarantine to prevent the spread of the virus.

Some 83 people are now being allowed to return home after being held at Arrowe Park Hospital in Merseyside.

All of the group have tested negative for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Mr Lambert, who had been held in quarantine along with his grandmother, told Kay [email protected] the pair were excited to be packing for home.

“Everybody gets excited by packing to go on holiday but this was extra excitement. I can’t even describe it. It was jubilation, it was just fanatical,” he said.

The teacher said his grandmother is “doing absolutely fantastic” and is “looking forward to getting a haircut”.

Mr Lambert had missed his sister’s 21st birthday and his other grandmother’s 80th birthday while in quarantine – but said he would be celebrating over the weekend instead.

He continued: “I wasn’t supposed to be home at this time of year so I’m just looking forward to seeing family and friends.

“I can’t wait to see the back of the door but I’ve made a lot of friends here. I’ve known a lot of people that were already here but I’ve made a lot of good friends and I’m going to keep in contact with them.”

Kharn Lambert plays pool inside the coronavirus quarantine in Merseyside

Life inside the UK’s coronavirus quarantine

Here’s more of the latest coronavirus developments:

  • A total of 242 people died from COVID-19 in a single day on Wednesday, marking the steepest rise since the pathogen was identified in December.
  • More than 14,800 new cases have been reported in China’s Hubei province. The region’s health commission says 33,693 people are still being treated in hospital, with 5,647 in a critical condition.
  • The first case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in London, bringing the total number of patients in the UK to nine.
  • Steve Walsh, the British businessman linked to a number of coronavirus cases, has been given the all-clear and discharged from hospital.
  • A further 44 people on board the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess, which is docked in Japan, have tested positive for COVID-19.

It is not clear whether the Arrowe Park group will be able to head straight home from the hospital, or what time they will be allowed to leave.

Mr Lambert says an incident in which one member of the group threatened to leave early had “changed the mood” in recent days.

“We were all very anxious and we were all very fearful from the backlash of the public,” he said.


‘Coronavirus outbreak could still go in any direction’

Asked what advice he would give others in quarantine, he said: “It’s obviously a surreal situation. It’s not something you expect to come across. But just bear with it.

“It’s necessary to keep the general public safe and do what you can to keep yourself entertained.”

As for returning to Wuhan, Mr Lambert says he does not expect to be able to go back for another four to six months.

NHS chief executive, Sir Simon Stevens, said: “As our first group of guests leaves Arrowe Park Hospital, we want to thank them for the highly responsible, pragmatic and stoical way they have played their part in keeping both themselves and others safe.

“They have set an important example, recognising that over the coming weeks many more of us may need to self-isolate at home for a period to reduce this virus’s spread.”

Sir Simon also thanked NHS staff for managing to organise the group’s care within 72 hours.

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