Two patients in England, who are members of the same family, have tested positive for coronavirus, the chief medical officer for England has confirmed.
The Department of Health declined to say where in England the patients were from, however, a source said they were being treated at a hospital in Newcastle, Tyne, and Wear.
In a statement, chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty, said: “We can confirm that two patients in England, who are members of the same family, have tested positive for coronavirus.
“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 Organisation and the international community as the outbreak in China develops to ensure we are ready for all eventualities.”