By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

In a follow-up on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) situation in England, Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty said today an additional patient has tested positive for coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in the UK to 3. The individual did not acquire this in the UK.

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According to a BBC report, the most recent case contracted the virus in Singapore. He is a middle-aged man who was isolated at home, tested positive and was taken to St Thomas’s Hospital in central London.

The patient is being transferred to a specialist NHS centre, and we are using robust infection control measures to prevent any possible further spread of the virus, Dr Whitty said.

The NHS is well prepared to manage these cases and we are now working quickly to identify any contacts the patient has had.