University Of York Student Is One Of Two UK Coronavirus Patients

The student and another member of their family are being treated at a specialist unit in Newcastle.

One of the first two people to test positive for coronavirus in the UK is a student at the University of York.

According to a spokesman, it is not believed the student came into contact with others on campus whilst they had symptoms.

They, and another member of their family, are being treated at a specialist facility in Newcastle.

They were taken from Staycity apartment-hotel in York - where they had been staying - to hospital on Wednesday evening.

It was confirmed by health officials two days later they had tested positive for the virus.

The university said while the news will cause “concern and anxiety among our students, staff, and the wider community”, there is a low risk of infection.

It has advised anyone concerned about their health in relation to the virus to call 111, and has set up a call centre over the weekend.

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Chinese military medics working in Wuhan following the Coronavirus outbreak (Picture: Reuters).

Public Health England (PHE) is working to trace anyone who may have come into close contact - being set out as within two metres of an infected individual for at least 15 minutes - with the pair.

Their apartment in York has been thoroughly disinfected and PHE has provided support, the hotel firm said.

On Friday, an aircraft carrying 110 British and foreign nationals from the Chinese city of Wuhan landed at RAF Brize Norton.

Two hundred and fifty nine people have been killed in China since the outbreak began.

Cover image: Australian scientists working to find a vaccine in a laboratory (Picture: Reuters).