Four people in Scotland being treated for suspected Coronavirus

Chinese auxiliary police officers wearing face masks for the prevention of the new coronavirus stand guard at Huai'an East Railway Station during the Spring Festival travel rush ahead of the Chinese New Year in Huai'an City, east China's Jiangsu Province on January 23rd, 2020. (Photo by Zhao Qirui / Costfoto/Sipa USA)

Four people are being treated for suspected Coronavirus in Scotland after travelling from China.

According to the head of infection medicine at the University of Edinburgh Professor Jurgen Haas, all four people had been in the city of Wuhan - where the virus originated - in the last two weeks.

The patients are suffering from respiratory symptoms.

At least 17 people have died in China as a result of the illness, with hundreds more cases confirmed.

Pasajeros en una estación del metro de Hong Kong lucen máscaras para prevenir contagio en  medio de un brote de coronavirus en  China el miércoles, 22 de enero del 2020.  (AP Foto/Kin Cheung)

On Wednesday night, China suspended all flights, including international services, out of Wuhan city – the epicentre of the virus outbreak.

Another city close to Wuhan, Huanggang, is also under quarantine as officials try to contain the spread.

Speaking in the House of Commons this morning, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the NHS is "ready" for an outbreak of the deadly disease.

He said: "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.

"The UK is one of the first countries to develop a world-leading test for coronavirus, the NHS is ready to respond appropriately to any cases that emerge, clinicians in both primary and secondary care have already received advice covering initial detection and investigation of possible cases, infection control and diagnostics.

"The public can be assured that the whole of the UK is always well prepared for these type of outbreaks and we will remain vigilant and keep our response under constant review in light of emerging scientific evidence."

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