A third person in the UK has tested positive for coronavirus, the UK Department of Health has revealed.
The person did not contract it in the UK, the department said.
Professor Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England said: “A further patient has tested positive for coronavirus bringing the total number of cases in the UK to three.
“The individual did not acquire this in the UK.
“The patient is being transferred to a specialist NHS centre, and we are using robust infection control measures to prevent any possible further spread of the virus.
“The NHS is well prepared to manage these cases and we are now working quickly to identify any contacts the patient has had.”
The virus has infected 28,018 worldwide and killed 565 people, mostly in China.
Two other patients – both Chinese nationals – are still being treated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary infectious diseases centre in Newcastle upon Tyne.
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