Officials in the UK have begun screening people to detect the contagious SARS-like virus.
Coronavirus virus has created an alarm situation in China, and the number of cases is increasing day by day.
Public Health England reported that 14 people have been screened in the UK for the detection of the virus.
Note that over 25 people had died due to this deadly disease, over 800 cases have been confirmed in China.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock informed that there was an “increased likelihood” of the virus happening in the UK. However, he confirmed that “we are well prepared” to handle them.
Matt Hancock stated to the House of Commons that it was a “rapidly developing situation and the number of deaths and the number of cases is likely to be higher than those that have been confirmed so far and I expect them to rise further”.
“The chief medical officer has revised the risk to the UK population from ‘very low’ to ‘low’ and has concluded that while there is an increased likelihood that cases may arise in this country, we are well prepared and well equipped to deal with them,” he stated to MPs.
“The UK is one of the first countries to have developed a world-leading test for the new coronavirus.”
Also, the Scottish government reported that 5 people have been screened. Four of them were Chinese.
The virus first broke out in Chinese city Wuhan.
A spokesperson to PM Boris Johnson reported that the screenings were precautionary.
Officials said that the world has announced screening measures for passengers belonging to China.
According to the list made by Vietnam and Singapore, the countries where the cases have been reported are Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, the US, and South Korea.