China has expanded lockdowns to at least 10 cities in a bid to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
The death toll in China’s coronavirus outbreak has risen to 26 with 830 cases confirmed, the country’s National Health Commission said on Friday.
More than a dozen people in the UK have been tested for coronavirus, as the Health Secretary said there is an “increased likelihood” of cases occurring.
Five people are being tested for suspected coronavirus in Scotland, according to the Scottish Government.
Universities across the UK say they are monitoring the coronavirus outbreak, as one institution warned students thinking of heading home for the Chinese New Year that they would face being quarantined on their return.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said it is “too early” to declare an international public health emergency over the coronavirus outbreak as six people are tested for the illness in the UK.
Tests are being undertaken to rule out coronavirus at a hospital in Belfast.
Six people are being tested for coronavirus in the UK as a professor has said there are likely to be “many more cases” around the country.
Chinese authorities moved to isolate three cities that are home to more than 18 million people in an unprecedented effort to contain the deadly new virus that has sickened hundreds and spread to other parts of the world during the busy Lunar New Year travel period.
The NHS is “ready to respond appropriately” to any cases of coronavirus that emerge in the UK, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.
Experts will meet again on Thursday to decide whether to declare an international public health emergency over China’s coronavirus, which has killed more than a dozen people in the country and closed down the city where it is thought to have originated.