Fears of a coronavirus crisis in the UK grew today after a man was diagnosed with the deadly infection three days after flying home to China.
The 35-year-old, of Bristol, flew from London Heathrow to Shenzhen via Hong Kong on February 27 – when only 15 British cases had been confirmed.
Fifty-one patients have now been infected in the UK but none of them are thought to be in Bristol, sparking concerns the virus is spreading rapidly.
Health officials have already admitted the killer infection has spread among a family in Surrey and one case in Essex had no known travel to virus-hit countries.
Two cases have been confirmed in Gloucestershire, the county north of Bristol. Both were infected in northern Italy – the centre of Europe’s crisis.
The new bizarre case linked to Bristol will prompt questions over whether hundreds of patients in the UK could already be infected without even knowing.
Two of his colleagues in the UK have also shown tell-tale symptoms such as a cough and fever, Chinese officials revealed today.
It comes after environmental activist Greta Thunberg brought Bristol to a standstill last Friday, with thousands of demonstrators gathering at a climate change rally.
Environmental activist Greta Thunberg brought Bristol to a standstill on Friday, with thousands of demonstrators gathering at a climate change rally
A file photo shows people in Bath, England, wearing face masks while walking on a street
The news comes as 51 people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus in the UK. The picture shows people in Cambridge wearing face masks as outbreaks escalate outside of China
Globally, the coronavirus has killed at least 3,128 people and infected more than 92,100
The man, known by his surname Sun, then took a ferry from Hong Kong to Shenzhen where he is originally from.
He showed no symptoms when he arrived at the port, a statement said.
The news comes as 51 people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus in the UK.
Mr Sun was taken to the hospital on February 29 by his wife after having coughs and fevers. A preliminary test came back positive, Shenzhen Health Commission announced.
He was confirmed to be infected with the killer virus by the Shenzhen Infectious Disease Centre on March 1 and is currently being treated in a quarantine unit at Shenzhen No. 3 People's Hospital.
Mr Sun had been living and working in Bristol for two years before his recent trip home.
Two of his colleagues back in the UK have also shown symptoms, officials revealed.
Coronavirus fears have gripped Britain, as a pedestrian is pictured wearing a protective facemask while taking a bus in Westminster, London
The local authority has tracked down 93 people who had come into close contact with Mr Sun. Among them, 46 are being quarantined at an isolation centre and none of them has shown any symptoms.
Mr Sun works in the UK office of state-owned Chinese corporation China General Nuclear Power Group, according to Chinese news outlet Caixin.
It is reported that health officials are still trying to determine when the man might have contracted the disease.
He allegedly returned to Shenzhen from London in mid-December before returning to the UK at the end of the same month.
His employer, China General Nuclear Power Group, has partnered up with British energy company EDF and to fund a third of the £20billion cost of the Hinkley Point C project, a nuclear power plant being built in Somerset.
Beijing has witnessed a surge of 'imported cases' brought into the country by people living in virus-hit regions overseas.
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