Coronavirus LIVE updates as more than 4,500 tested for virus in UK with nine cases confirmed – Manchester Evening News

More than 4,500 people in the UK have been tested for coronavirus and nine cases have been confirmed.

There are now more than 70,000 cases confirmed globally and more than 1,000 people have died from the disease, mostly in China where the outbreak began.

China announced a further 2,048 cases of coronavirus, also known as Covid-19, on Monday – the first daily rise in cases after three days of decline.

All but one of the nine patients in the UK who had tested positive for the coronavirus have now been discharged from hospital  after twice testing negative.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the fact that eight of the nine patients had been successfully treated and discharged from hospital was “evidence of how well prepared our NHS is to deal with the Wuhan coronavirus”.

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More than 100 people who returned to Britain from Wuhan last week remain in quarantine at a facility in Milton Keynes. 

All of the people who returned on an earlier flight and were quarantined at Arrowe Parke Hospital in Wirral have now been released after tests confirmed they did not have the virus.

On Friday, it was reported that one of the nine people diagnosed with coronavirus in the UK attended a conference attended by 200 people.

Those that were at the UK Bus Summit at the QEII Centre in Westminster have now been informed that someone confirmed to be suffering from coronavirus – also known as Covid-19 – had been at the event.

Delegates who visited the conference on February 6 have been told to no action if they were well but to stay indoors, avoid contact with others and call NHS 111 if they developed symptoms such as a fever or cough.

On Saturday, health officials in France confirmed that an 80-year-old man had died in hospital in France from coronavirus, the first person to die in Europe.

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