Two confirmed cases of coronavirus in UK

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Coronavirus has spread to the UK, experts have confirmed. 

The chief medical officer for England announced that two people - both from the same family - have been diagnosed and are being held in specialist care.

No details have been released regarding their identities, nationalities or which part of the country in which they reside.

The news comes shortly after the World Health Organisation (WHO) raised the alarm by declaring a global emergency.

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Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England stated: "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," he added.

Nations are working closely with WHO to halt the transmission of the illness - which has already killed 170 people and infected nearly 8,000 worldwide.

Most of the confirmed cases have been in China.

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Brits trapped in the quarantined city of Wuhan - where coronavirus originated at a local wildlife market - are being flown back home under special measures in a matter of hours.

More to follow.

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