- Two members of the same family in England have tested positive for the fast-spreading coronavirus
- England's chief medical officer Chris Whitty confirmed that the infected persons are in the care of the country’s National Health Service (NHS)
- Whitty says his team is trying to prevent further spread of the disease by working to identify any contacts the sick patients might have had
The deadly coronavirus has spread to England after two members of the same family tested positive for the fast-spreading virus.
The spread of the virus in the country was confirmed by England's chief medical officer Chris Whitty on Friday, January 31, who stated that the patients were now in the care of the country’s National Health Service (NHS), CNBC reports.
Whitty disclosed that his team was trying to prevent further spread of the disease by working to identify any contacts the sick patients might have had.
The chief medical officer said England was ready to handle any eventuality that might result from the outbreak, noting that the country would continue to work closely with the World Health Organization and the international community to contain the virus.
Meanwhile, coronavirus has been confirmed in the USA after a man in Chicago contracted the virus from his wife who travelled to China.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the woman, who is in her 60s, was diagnosed after returning from Wuhan, China, where the outbreak originated.
Doctors told reporters during a telebriefing that the woman was doing quite well and remains hospitalized primarily for isolation.