Coronavirus spreads across Asia - Friday's updates as they happened

24 January 2020, 10:33 | Updated: 24 January 2020, 17:10

Over 2,000 people have recently travelled to the UK from Wuhan in China
Over 2,000 people have recently travelled to the UK from Wuhan in China. Picture: PA Images
Ewan Quayle

By Ewan Quayle

Downing Street has confirmed Health Secretary Matt Hancock will chair a meeting of the COBRA emergency committee on the UK’s response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

GPs have been told to isolate anyone with coronavirus symptoms after 2,000 people arrived in the UK from Wuhan in China.

Guidance from Public Health England said doctors should place patients with symptoms of the virus in a separate room away from other patients and staff.

They have also been advised to check the travel history of their patients.

They should not be allowed to use communal toilet facilities or be physically examined by staff, the guidance adds.

It follows confirmation of over 800 cases of the virus in China, which has caused 26 confirmed deaths.

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