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Fourteen people in the UK have been tested for coronavirus with five confirmed negative and nine still waiting for results, Public Health England has said.
It is believed to include five people who have undergone tests for the virus in Scotland but none have been confirmed as having the disease, the country’s government said.
Two of those being tested had been diagnosed with influenza after travelling to Wuhan, China – where the outbreak is thought to have originated – while the three other people were “undergoing testing on a similar precautionary basis”.
“The risk to the Scottish public remains low,” a Scottish government spokesman said.
“The current advice is against all but essential travel to Wuhan.”
Sky News understands one person has also been treated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Belfast for symptoms associated with coronavirus.
The patient is being looked at as a precautionary measure.
The outbreak has so far killed 18 people and infected more than 600 worldwide.
Professor Jurgen Haas, head of infection medicine at the University of Edinburgh, said he believes there will be many more potential cases in other cities in the UK.
He said: “The situation will be pretty similar in pretty much all UK cities with a large number of Chinese students.
“It’s not too surprising. My suspicious is that there will probably be many more cases in many other cities in the UK.”
Professor Haas said there is only one laboratory testing for the virus, operated by Public Health England (PHE).
He added that the cases have been flagged through the PHE infection guidelines as they travelled to Wuhan within the last 14 days and are showing signs of respiratory symptoms.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said the NHS is “ready to respond appropriately” to any cases of coronavirus that emerge in the UK.
He told the Commons on Thursday that while “there is an increased likelihood that cases may arise in this country, we are well prepared and well equipped to deal with them”.
Courtesy of Sky News