We can confirm that 2 patients in England, who are members of the
same family, have tested positive for coronavirus. The patients are
receiving specialist NHS care, and we are using tried and tested
infection control procedures to prevent further spread of the virus.
The NHS is extremely well-prepared and used to managing infections
and we are already working rapidly to identify any contacts the patients
had, to prevent further spread.
We have been preparing for UK cases of novel coronavirus and we have
robust infection control measures in place to respond immediately. We
are continuing to work closely with the World Health Organization and
the international community as the outbreak in China develops to ensure
we are ready for all eventualities.