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Grandmother stuck in Coronavirus lockdown will not fly home as planned

Veronica and grandson Kharn

A grandmother from Lancaster who is currently trapped in Wuhan, the city at the centre of the Coronavirus outbreak, will not fly home today.

Veronica Theobald was supposed to fly home with roughly 200 UK citizens today (Thursday 30th January) but it is understood that Chinese authorities have not yet allowed the chartered flight to leave the country.

Veronica, 81, is currently trapped by the lockdown designed to contain the virus. She was in Wuhan visiting her grandson.

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Veronica has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and hasn’t left the house she is staying in for more than a week over fears she could fall ill.

The Foreign Office said it was working to secure the flight out of Wuhan as soon as possible, with the UK nationals set to be quarantined for two weeks when they arrive back in the country.

The World Health Organisation will meet today to discuss whether the virus constitutes a global health emergency.

More than 130 people have died in China so far and close to 6,000 have been infected, it has been reported.

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