York Staycity apartment sealed off amid Coronavirus precautions

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UK: Two guests at Staycity's York aparthotel have tested positive for Coronavirus and are being quarantined at a specialist centre in Newcastle.

The pair were taken ill on Wednesday evening before being treated at the aparthotel by medics in protective clothing.

Staycity has been in close consultation with Public Health England. The company said: “We have now received confirmation that two guests staying in one of our apartments in York have been tested positive for the coronavirus. We have been advised by Public Health England that there is minimal ongoing risk of infection to either guests or staff, and as such our York property remains open for business. In due course the apartment concerned will undergo a thorough environmental clean and disinfection by a specialist contractor. We would like to reassure all our guests that we are following official advice on this matter and that the health and safety of everyone working and staying in our properties remains of paramount importance to us. We would like to wish the two guests concerned a speedy and full recovery."

Coronavirus originated in the city of Wuhan and has now spread across China, with more than 9,000 confirmed cases and more than 200 deaths. In the last week it has also been reported in 22 other countries including France and Germany.

Prof Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England, said the NHS was "extremely well-prepared for managing infections" and it was quickly trying to identify any contacts the patients had to prevent further spread.

"We have been preparing for UK cases of novel coronavirus and we have robust infection control measures in place to respond immediately," he added.

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