TWO MALE prisoners are being tested for the deadly and highly contagious coronavirus, it has emerged, with a source confirming one had come from a Thai prison.
HMP Bullingdon in Oxfordshire has confirmed the prisoners are being tested at a facility after showing symptoms of the virus that has spread like wildfire across the globe from Wuhan, China. The two men are yet to be named. A source told the Mail Online one of the two man had come from a prison in Thailand.
The men are being kept in isolation in their cells, Sky News reports.
Access is restricted to one wing where the prisoners are being held.
Public Health England are on site helping to manage the situation.
The coronavirus has today been named Covid-19 by the director general of the World Health Organisation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
It is expected to take a staggering 18 months to find a cure, it has also emerged.
China has reported 108 more deaths, taking the total toll in the country to 1,016.
It comes as a GP practice in Brighton has closed today after a staff member tested positive for the virus.
But despite the increases in the number of infected patients, the overall risk level to the UK remains “moderate”.
The new cases are all linked to a British man, who has now been named as businessman Steve Walsh, who caught the virus at a conference in Singapore and travelled to a ski resort in France.
Mr Walsh was diagnosed in Brighton and is now being treated at St Thomas’ Hospital in London.
He is also linked to the fourth British patients, who was exposed to the virus in France.
Five British nationals have also tested positive in France, following Mr Walsh’s trip to the ski resort.