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Coronavirus Alert

Two prisoners are being tested for coronavirus in Oxfordshire.

The men are inmates at Bullingdon prison, near Bicester, and are being kept in isolation in their cells, Sky News can confirm.

Access is being restricted to one wing where the prisoners are.

The prison, which has capacity for 1,114 inmates, remains operational and Public Health England are on site helping to manage the situation.

Bullingdon holds both prisoners on remand and who have been sentenced, as well as young adults between the ages of 18-21.

As the prisoners were being tested, the World Health Organisation announced the new coronavirus will be called COVID-19.

WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the first vaccine could be ready in 18 months “so we have to do everything today using available weapons to fight this virus”.

Eight people in the UK have been confirmed as having coronavirus, with the last four testing positive on Monday.

They are linked to Hove businessman Steve Walsh, who is believed to be a “superspreader” after 11 people he stayed in a French chalet with contracted the virus after he was infected in Singapore.

Courtesy of Sky News

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