/Brit Coronavirus evacuees left behind in Wuhan to arrive in UK today on second rescue flight & join 14-day

Brit Coronavirus evacuees left behind in Wuhan to arrive in UK today on second rescue flight & join 14-day

A SECOND group of British citizens left stranded in Wuhan are due to arrive back in the UK today.

The first evacuation flight from the coronavirus epicentre arrived on Friday with 110 passengers on board, including 83 UK citizens.

 The first group of British evacuees arriving at RAF Brize Norton

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The first group of British evacuees arriving at RAF Brize NortonCredit: London News Pictures
 The Arrowe Park Hospital is preparing for the arrival of a second group of evacuees

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The Arrowe Park Hospital is preparing for the arrival of a second group of evacueesCredit: PA:Press Association

They are currently being held in quarantine at the Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral for 14 days.

A 44-year-old man who died in the Philippines has become the 305th victim of the virus and the first fatality outside China.

Eleven more British nationals are reportedly arriving in the UK from Wuhan on Sunday after missing the first evacuation flight on Thursday, , Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab confirmed.

They are being flown into the UK via France and are expected to land later today.

“They will go to the Arrowe Park facility and all of the protections, the support during the 14-day period will be put in place,” he said.

He added the evacuees “will be treated very well” at the facility and the government was working as “sensitively and effectively as we can” to get people home.

The hospital’s chief executive Janelle Holmes has emailed staff to expect a second group of British evacuees today.

“We were asked to accommodate a small number of UK citizens who did not make the flight on Thursday from China with the last group.

“The same safe-guarding arrangements and support are being put in place to get them here that were used for the first group of guests.

“None of this group has any symptoms. There will be further screening by Public Health England (PHE) when they land in the UK.”

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A student at York University is one of two people infected with the coronavirus in the UK.

It comes as a public health campaign warning people how to slow the spread of coronavirus has been launched by the Government.

Adverts advising people to use tissues when sneezing or coughing and wash their hands regularly will appear in newspapers, on the radio and on social media.

The ads will also target publications and forums known to be read by Chinese nationals in the UK, the Department of Health said.

The second evacuation comes as it emerged many were left stranded after they said diplomats gave them just two hours notice to get to Wuhan international airport for the flight back home.

The British passengers on the evacuation flight – who have mainly been in Wuhan and the surrounding Hubei province – had to sign a contract agreeing to isolation before they could board the flight, and underwent temperature checks.

The evacuation came after the UK’s four chief medical officers raised the risk level of the illness from low to moderate and the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared an international public health emergency.

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