Evacuee from coronavirus-hit China ‘taken ill’ on way to Arrowe Park quarantine

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ONE of the 11 British coronavirus evacuees due to be quarantined at Arrowe Park Hospital has been “taken ill” and moved to another hospital for tests.

The news was confirmed by Janelle Holmes, chief executive of Wirral University Teaching Hospital Trust in an email to staff.

It emerged that only 10 of the 11 scheduled passengers had arrived at Arrowe Park for a precautionary 14-day stay last night. They have been isolated from the other 83, who arrived on Friday, while tests are carried out on the ill person.

The patient had begun to feel unwell on the second evacuation flight out of the Chinese city to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire and ‘self isolated’.

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In the email to staff Janelle Holmes said: “We were expecting a further 11 people, repatriated from Wuhan in China, to arrive and join you in the accommodation block at Arrowe Park Hospital last night.

“During the flight, one of the passengers started to feel slightly unwell, and self-isolated immediately.

“Upon landing, that passenger remains isolated, and was taken to another NHS hospital for tests.

“We expect test results in the coming days, and will keep you updated.

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“None of the other 10 patients have shown any symptoms, but as a precautionary measure the 10 new guests were allocated rooms in a separate area of the facility, isolated from those already here.

“As we have previously said, staff supporting those in the accommodation block are following strict clinical guidance and protocols to ensure everyone remains safe.”

More than 300 people infected with the new strain of the disease have been confirmed dead, and cities of millions of people have been completely locked down in China.

The death toll in China has risen above 300 and the number of confirmed cases of infection increased to 14,380.

A University of York student and their relative remain the only two confirmed cases in the UK.

A man in the Philippines has become the first person to die from the virus outside China.

From today, advertisements advising people to use tissues when sneezing or coughing and wash their hands regularly will appear in newspapers, on the radio and on social media.

The ads will also target publications and forums in the UK known to be read by Chinese nationals here, the Department of Health said.

Among those in quarantine at Arrowe Park Hospital is Matt Raw. He described conditions as ‘like staying at at a hotel.”

Speaking to Channel Five News at the weekend, the locksmith from Knutsford said: “If you imagine the best hotel that you have every stayed in and the best service that you can ever possibly imagine, these guys here at the NHS just wipe the floor with the lot of them.

“Pretty much anything that we have asked for; TVs, hair dryers, they go out and they will obtain them for us within a flash.

“We have everything that we need and there is a fridge here, we have got our kitchen, bedrooms, beds, showers, baths, clothes, food, literally all the other little things that you could possibly want.

“We are doing okay for now.”