/Coronavirus – Second plane from China lands in the UK as 11 Brits onboard prepare for two week quarantine

Coronavirus – Second plane from China lands in the UK as 11 Brits onboard prepare for two week quarantine

ANOTHER flight carrying 11 people evacuated from coronavirus-hit China has touched down in Britain this evening.

The second group of evacuees – made up of British nationals and their relatives  – landed in RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

 A man wearing a face mask and carrying a baby disembarks from the plane at Brize Norton today

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A man wearing a face mask and carrying a baby disembarks from the plane at Brize Norton todayCredit: London News Pictures
 Two more people, who will be quarantined in Merseyside, exit the jet which flew from Beijing

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Two more people, who will be quarantined in Merseyside, exit the jet which flew from BeijingCredit: London News Pictures
 The passengers will spend two weeks in isolation at Arrowe Park Hospital in the Wirral

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The passengers will spend two weeks in isolation at Arrowe Park Hospital in the WirralCredit: Doug Seeburg – The Sun

From there, they will join 83 other people who have been quarantined at a special unit at Arrowe Park Hospital in the Wirral, Merseyside.

Pictures from the tarmac at Brize Norton show passengers wearing face masks disembarking from the jet.

A baby being carried in a cot was among the passengers, the images show.

The group, who secured seats on a French flight leaving Beijing thanks to the British embassy, will spend 14 days in quarantine, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said.

He told Sky: “It’s correct that there is a further French flight that is expected back in Europe today and that will carry some UK nationals.”

Mr Raab had said 11 British nationals would be returning but the Foreign Office later confirmed the group includes a mix of British nationals, including three children, and some of their relatives.

It comes as a man in the Philippines became the first person to die from the virus outside China.

The death toll has risen above 300 and the number of confirmed cases of infection increased to 14,380, Chinese authorities said.

The Foreign Secretary said the Government is doing all it can to help Britons in Wuhan – where the virus originated –  leave if they want to.

 A coach leaves RAF Brize Norton containing those evacuated from China

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A coach leaves RAF Brize Norton containing those evacuated from ChinaCredit: PA:Press Association

Appearing on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, he said: “We’ll do everything we can to make sure that those that still want to leave, give them the opportunity to do so,” he said.

He added: “The challenge that we’ve got, and the Chinese have got frankly, is to contain the virus but also then to lift out people that want to come back home and we’re doing that as sensitively and as effectively as we can.”

Some of the 83 Britons holed up quarantine in the Wirral shared video footage of their first hours in a locked NHS staff accommodation block following their arrival back in the UK on Friday’s evacuation flight.

They showed the food and other essential items including televisions and Playstations – which will help sustain them for their 14 days in isolation.

The latest repatriation flight comes as the Government launched a public health campaign advising people how to slow the spread of the virus.

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A University of York student and their relative remain the only two confirmed cases in the UK.

From Sunday, advertisements 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 in the UK known to be read by Chinese nationals here, the Department of Health said.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said UK medics are working “round the clock” to prevent the spread of the illness, but added the general public can do its bit.

He said: “Basic hygiene such as washing our hands regularly and using tissues when we cough and sneeze can play an important role in minimising the spread of viruses like this.”

The Foreign Office, which has withdrawn some staff from China and closed the British Consulate-General in Wuhan, said it is continuing to work with EU countries to add remaining Britons to any rescue flights they may charter back from Wuhan.

A spokesman for the Foreign Office (FCO) said: “The Government is in touch with British nationals who remain in Wuhan, and are doing everything we can to bring them home as safely and quickly as possible.”

 The Brits are being given everything they need during the quarantine, they said
The Brits are being given everything they need during the quarantine, they saidCredit: .
 The quarantine has been set up at the nurse accommodation at Arrowe Park Hospital
The quarantine has been set up at the nurse accommodation at Arrowe Park HospitalCredit: .
 A bus carrying passengers evacuated from coronavirus-hit Wuhan arrives at Arrowe Park Hospital

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A bus carrying passengers evacuated from coronavirus-hit Wuhan arrives at Arrowe Park HospitalCredit: Mercury Press
 A medic in hazmat protective gear sat on each of the six coaches, which were manned by drivers wearing no protective gear

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A medic in hazmat protective gear sat on each of the six coaches, which were manned by drivers wearing no protective gearCredit: �AndyKelvin / Kelvin Media
 Passengers and medical staff arrived at RAF Brize Norton after being evacuated from coronavirus-hit Wuhan on Friday

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Passengers and medical staff arrived at RAF Brize Norton after being evacuated from coronavirus-hit Wuhan on FridayCredit: PA:Press Association
 Families wearing face masks were led from the plane by staff at the RAF base

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Families wearing face masks were led from the plane by staff at the RAF baseCredit: London News Pictures
 The plane was carrying 83 Brits and 27 foreign nationals from the coronavirus-ravaged Chinese city

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The plane was carrying 83 Brits and 27 foreign nationals from the coronavirus-ravaged Chinese cityCredit: London News Pictures
 The rescue flight from Wuhan finally landed in Oxfordshire with 83 Brits on board

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The rescue flight from Wuhan finally landed in Oxfordshire with 83 Brits on boardCredit: London News Pictures

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