UK forced to prepare as deadly virus spreads to US

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The British government is taking action to halt the spread of the coronavirus - which has now been found in the United States. 

Originating in the city of Wuhan in China last year, coronavirus is a new strain of illness which has not previously been identified in humans.

It has now affected more than 400 people whilst claiming nine lives.

Public Health England is putting measures in place to halt the virus - which is at risk of passing over into the UK.

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps commented: ‘There have been some announcements this morning about flights that come direct from the affected region to Heathrow with some additional measures there.

"At the moment Public Health England have moved this from “very low” to “low” but obviously we want to stay ahead of the issue so we are keeping a very close eye on it.

"Initially this is to ensure that when flights come in directly into Heathrow there is a separate area for people to arrive in."

Health experts are continuing to research the disease, which is transmitted between animals and people and from person-to-person.

Symptoms are much like the flu - causing shortness of breath, dizziness, lack of energy and coughing.

The World Health Organisation has not made any recommendations yet regarding travel restrictions, but has issued guidelines to decrease the chance of infection: Wash your hands, cover your mouth, and make sure all meat and eggs are well cooked.

One Brit, who is believed to have caught the disease whilst on holiday in Thailand, remains in critical condition on the island of Phuket.

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