By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Health officials in Spain are reporting the second novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the country on Mallorca in Spain’s Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean (computer translated).
According to Fernando Simón, director of the Center for Coordination of Alerts and Emergencies (CCAES), the case is a British citizen, who was in contact with a person in France and then traveled to the Balearic Islands where the virus was detected.
The individual is in “good health but you have to keep it in isolation”, Simón said. The test results for the man’s wife and two daughters had come back negative, officials said.
Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty said today their is a fourth 2019-nCoV case in England.
“The new case is a known contact of a previously confirmed UK case, and the virus was passed on in France.
“Experts at Public Health England continue to work hard tracing patient contacts from the UK cases. They successfully identified this individual and ensured the appropriate support was provided.
“The patient has been transferred to a specialist NHS centre at The Royal Free Hospital, and we are now using robust infection control measures to prevent any possible further spread of the virus. The NHS is extremely well prepared to manage these cases and treat them, and we are working quickly to identify any further contacts the patient has had.”
Europe has reported 37 2019-nCoV cases in eight countries to date.
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