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Coronavirus: UK screens direct flights from Wuhan after US case

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 22 January 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m265

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  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

The government has announced that health teams in the UK will meet each direct flight aircraft from Wuhan, China, to check for symptoms of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and to provide information in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese to all passengers about symptoms and what to do if they become ill.

A joint statement released on 22 January by the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England said that the risk level had been raised from “very low” to “low” because of “current evidence on the likelihood of cases being imported into this country.”

But it said that no confirmed cases of the infection had currently been found in the UK and that a prototype specific laboratory test for diagnosing 2019-nCoV had now been developed.

The update comes a day after the first novel coronavirus case was detected …

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