UK’ will FORCIBLY quarantine anyone suspected of having coronavirus after an Arrowe Park patient threatened to BREAK OUT

UK’ will FORCIBLY quarantine anyone suspected of having coronavirus after an Arrowe Park patient threatened to BREAK OUT


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People suspected of being infected with the Wuhan coronavirus will now be held in quarantine by force after a man staying at an isolation facility after being evacuated from China threatened to walk out.

The patient staying at Arrowe Park hospital on The Wirral told medics he was going to leave before completing 14 days of quarantine after his return from the Chinese city

Government sources said those who returned to the UK on the evacuation flights on January 31 were given a ‘very clear choice’ and had to sign contracts saying they would remain in isolation for a fortnight.

It comes as it emerged today that four more patients in England tested positive for the virus, bringing the total number of cases in the UK to eight – the five most recent patients, from Brighton, have been linked to one another.  

The fourth patient was a businessman who returned to the UK from a conference in Singapore via a ski chalet in France, where other Britons were subsequently taken ill with the virus.

The Department of Health today declared the outbreak a ‘serious and imminent’ threat to the British public as it announced new powers to fight the spread.  

It is unclear whether people who have not been diagnosed but are suspected of being infected will be forced into isolation, or if the rule will affect only people confirmed to have the illness.

In other developments to the outbreak today: 

  • A chef at a pub in Hove only found out the infected businessman had visited and that his colleagues were ‘self-isolating’ when he read it online
  • A Brighton health centre has been closed after four more cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the city
  • London’s FTSE 100 weakened after Mr Hancock declared the coronavirus outbreak a serious and imminent threat to public health
  • Nearly 100 people died from coronavirus in China yesterday on the deadliest day of the six-week outbreak so far 
  • Amazon and Sony are the latest companies to pull out of this month’s Mobile World Congress, due to be held in Barcelona, because of the coronavirus outbreak  
  • Sixty-six more passengers on a cruise ship in Japan have been diagnosed the killer infection, taking the ship’s toll to around 136
  • A woman in coronavirus -ravaged Wuhan has been accused of deliberately spitting at her neighbours’ door handles after her building was quarantined
Arrowe Park Hospital, the isolation facility in The Wirral, where Britons evacuated from Wuhan in China have been staying
Arrowe Park Hospital, the isolation facility in The Wirral, where Britons evacuated from Wuhan in China have been staying 
The announcement by Matt Hancock (pictured) gives the Government greater powers to fight the spread of the virus, with eight confirmed cases in the UK
The announcement by Matt Hancock (pictured) gives the Government greater powers to fight the spread of the virus, with eight confirmed cases in the UK 

The source said the phrase ‘serious and imminent threat’ in the regulation was needed to trigger the powers, and at the moment the risk to the public is still regarded as ‘moderate’. 

‘We’re saying we are having to take action to prevent it becoming a serious and imminent threat,’ they said.

The first 83 Britons evacuated from Wuhan should have completed 14 days in quarantine on Saturday after they landed at RAF Brize Norton on Friday, January 31.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that the new measures ‘are considered as an effective means of delaying or preventing further transmission of the virus.’

Arrowe Park Hospital in Merseyside and Kents Hill Park in Milton Keynes are now designated as ‘isolation’ facilities. 

There are currently 93 UK citizens at Arrowe Park and 105 in Milton Keynes. Another man, who felt ill on a China evacuation flight, is being kept in isolation at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. 

Nobody who was evacuated from Wuhan is known to have brought the virus back with them – all cases in the UK so far have been among others who travelled to Asia or came into contact with people who did. 

Police officers patrol the quarantined area outside Arrowe Park Hospital in the Wirral last week
Police officers patrol the quarantined area outside Arrowe Park Hospital in the Wirral last week 
The patients staying at Arrowe Park Hospital arrived back in the UK on January 31. Photos showed them being driven by bus drivers without any protective equipment. The bus drivers were reportedly told to stay home for two weeks after the job
The patients staying at Arrowe Park Hospital arrived back in the UK on January 31. Photos showed them being driven by bus drivers without any protective equipment. The bus drivers were reportedly told to stay home for two weeks after the job 
More than 40,000 people have been infected with the virus and 910 are confirmed to have died, all but two of them in China
More than 40,000 people have been infected with the virus and 910 are confirmed to have died, all but two of them in China 

A spokesman for the Department of Health said this morning: ‘Our infection control procedures are world leading and the NHS is well prepared to deal with novel coronavirus.

‘We are strengthening our regulations so we can keep individuals in supported isolation for their own safety and if public health professionals consider they may be at risk of spreading the virus to other members of the public.

‘This measure will rightly make it easier for health professionals to help keep people safe across the country.’

It comes after a British man who caught coronavirus in Singapore appears to be linked to at least seven other confirmed cases in England, France and Spain.

Passengers disembark from a charter flight carrying Britons evacuated from Wuhan , China after it arrived at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire
Passengers disembark from a charter flight carrying Britons evacuated from Wuhan , China after it arrived at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire 
Coaches carrying British nationals landed at RAF Brize Norton yesterday on the final evacuation flight from the Chinese city of Wuhan. Evacuees are pictured arriving at Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre in Milton Keynes yesterday
Coaches carrying British nationals landed at RAF Brize Norton yesterday on the final evacuation flight from the Chinese city of Wuhan. Evacuees are pictured arriving at Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre in Milton Keynes yesterday 
A total of five people have now been diagnosed in Brighton. The four new cases have been linked to the first man who was diagnosed there after returning from the Alps
A total of five people have now been diagnosed in Brighton. The four new cases have been linked to the first man who was diagnosed there after returning from the Alps 

The Britons infected with coronavirus – and the patients ill in the UK

Cases in the UK and where they are being cared for:

Newcastle: Two Chinese nationals who came to the UK with coronavirus and fell ill while on the tourist trail in York

London: British super-spreader who picked up virus in Singapore, flew to ski break in France and then back to the UK where he went to the pub in Hove before feeling ill last week.

One adult who was in the same chalet with the super-spreader, feared to be Dr Catriona Saynor who flew to Britain for medical exams.

Four people in Brighton – all in the same chalet, confirmed to have coronavirus this morning. 

Total: Eight 

British expats and holidaymakers outside the UK 

Majorca: A British father-of-two who stayed in the ski resort tested positive after returning to his home in Majorca. His wife and children are not ill.

France: Five people who were in the chalet with the super-spreader. These include the chalet’s owner, environmental consultant Bob Saynor, 48, and his nine-year-old son. They are all in a French hospital. 

Japan: A British man onboard a cruise ship docked at a port in Japan tested positive for coronavirus, Princess Cruises said. Alan Steele, from Wolverhampton, posted on Facebook that he had been diagnosed with the virus. Believed to be on his honeymoon, Steele said he was not showing any symptoms but was being taken to hospital.

Total: Seven 


Health officials are not confirming a link or giving detail on his relationship to the other people diagnosed with the illness, but he is reported to be a middle-aged British man and is understood to have been the first UK national to contract the disease. 

A Department of Health statement said this morning: ‘The Secretary of State has made regulations to ensure that the public are protected as far as possible from the transmission of the virus.

‘The Secretary of State declares that the incidence or transmission of novel coronavirus constitutes a serious and imminent threat to public health, and the measures outlined in these regulations are considered as an effective means of delaying or preventing further transmission of the virus.’

Mr Hancock has also designated Arrowe Park Hospital in the Wirral, and Kents Hill Park in Milton Keynes, where Britons evacuated from Wuhan have been transferred to, as ‘isolation’ facilities.

Wuhan and Hubei province, where the virus originated, have also been declared an ‘infected area’ by the health secretary. 

Last week Mr Hancock warned that Britain will be battling for ‘months to come’ with the number of cases doubling every five days.

He said: ‘Currently the number of cases is doubling around every five days and it’s clear that the virus will be with us for at least some months to come. This is a marathon, not a sprint.’

He added: ‘We’ve also launched a public information campaign setting out how every member of the public, including members of this House, can help by taking simple steps to minimise the risk to themselves and their families.

‘Washing hands, using tissues when you sneeze, just as you would with flu.’

The announcement comes as a British ‘super spreader’ is feared to have infected at least seven others with the coronavirus, prompting the emergency testing of hundreds of people on his flights, ski break and even his local pub. 

A man and a woman wearing face masks in Manchester city centre last week
A man and a woman wearing face masks in Manchester city centre last week 
A map showing the numbers of cases of the coronavirus confirmed in countries around the world
A map showing the numbers of cases of the coronavirus confirmed in countries around the world 

Chef at coronavirus-hit pub only found out ‘super-spreader’ businessman had visited and staff were ‘self-isolating’ when he ‘read it online’

Staff at the pub where Britain’s coronavirus ‘super spreader’ is a drinker are said to be furious with health chiefs and claim they only found out he was ill after reading it online.

Five workers at The Grenadier in Hove have been instructed to self-isolate for a fortnight after the gas salesman, who is in his fifties, went there for a pint on Saturday February 1. 

Public Health England told the Grenadier’s employees working on the night he popped in to stay at home for two weeks – coronavirus’ incubation period – and said they are warning anyone who could be infected.

Five staff at the Grenadier pub in Hove have been instructed to self-isolate after he visited for two hours on February 1
Five staff at the Grenadier pub in Hove have been instructed to self-isolate after he visited for two hours on February 1 

But other staff and drinkers there on a busy Saturday evening have claimed they learned of the development on Facebook or via the local paper, the Brighton Argus.

Kelly Fricker wrote on social media: ‘My ex-partner, my son and nephew all drink there and my nephew’s the chef and they hadn’t even heard about it’.

The businessman is at the centre of a web of cases stretching across the UK, France and Spain after he apparently contracted the virus during a four-day trip to Singapore for a sales conference for gas analysis company Servomex.

The man in his fifties then jetted from south-east Asia to the Alps to ski in Les Contamines-Montjoie in late January where five more Britons including a nine-year-old boy became infected despite the ‘super spreader’ not having any cold or flu-like symptoms.


The businessman is at the centre of a web of cases stretching across the UK, France and Spain after he apparently contracted the virus during a four-day trip to Singapore for a sales conference for gas analysis company Servomex.

The man in his fifties then jetted from south-east Asia to the Alps to ski in Les Contamines-Montjoie in late January where two more Britons became infected despite the ‘super spreader’ not having any cold or flu-like symptoms.

Britain’s health authorities have also contacted 183 passengers and six crew on an Easyjet flight then taken by the unnamed man from Geneva to London, warning that they could be infected. 

Five staff at The Grenadier in Hove, his local pub, have been instructed to self-isolate for a fortnight after he went there for a pint on Saturday February 1. 

Other staff and drinkers there on a busy Saturday evening have claimed they learned of the development on Facebook or via the local paper, the Brighton Argus.   

And an East Sussex secondary schoolchild has also been told to stay at home for two week amid fears he came into contact with the so-called ‘super spreader’.

Officials have desperately tried to stop further spread with a cross-border hunt for all the hundreds of people he may have had contact with. 

Today nine Britons have been confirmed to have the killer virus – five in France, one in Japan, one in Spain and two in the UK. Two others in the UK are ill, but they are believed to be Chinese nationals holidaying in Yorkshire.    

More than 900 people have died and 37,000 have become infected since the outbreak began in the Chinese city of Wuhan, which has been placed in lockdown to curb the spread. 

More than 100 Britons were placed in quarantine at a three-star hotel in Milton Keynes yesterday after another airlift from Wuhan.

Wearing masks and escorted by health staff in hazmat suits, the group flew from China to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

Public Health England is under pressure to reveal where the so-called ‘super spreader’ had been and the full extent of the numbers under observation.

The task has been made more difficult because the patient, from Hove in East Sussex, interrupted his return from Singapore to Britain by taking a four-day break in the French Alps.

Passengers, including a baby, disembark from a charter flight carrying Brits evacuated from Wuhan, China after it arrived at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire
Passengers, including a baby, disembark from a charter flight carrying Brits evacuated from Wuhan, China after it arrived at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire 
The super spreader had been at the chalet close to Les Contamines' main ski lifts where five people became ill
The super spreader had been at the chalet close to Les Contamines’ main ski lifts where five people became ill 
Five staff at the Grenadier pub in Hove have been instructed to self-isolate after he visited for two hours on February 1
Five staff at the Grenadier pub in Hove have been instructed to self-isolate after he visited for two hours on February 1

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