PUBLISHED: 19:07, Wed, Feb 12, 2020 | UPDATED: 19:22, Wed, Feb 12, 2020
Coronavirus has already spread to the UK and now has made it to London. The first case of the deadly virus in the capital was confirmed today. The victim - understood to be a female Chinese national - is thought to have tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday afternoon in London.
The virus has infected more than 40,000 people across the globe and killed upwards of 1,000.
With coronavirus spreading at an alarming rate - is it safe to travel to London?
The government has shared their travel advice to UK citizens online.
“Based on the World Health Organization’s declaration that this is a public health emergency of international concern, the UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate,” said the government.
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Coronavirus: The first case of the deadly virus in the capital was confirmed today (Image: Getty Images)
Coronavirus as infected more than 40,000 people across the globe, with several cases in the UK (Image: Getty Images)
“This permits the government to plan for all eventualities. The risk to individuals remains low.”
The government added: “Based on the scientific advice of SAGE the UK Chief Medical Officers are advising anyone who has travelled to the UK from mainland China, Thailand, Japan, Republic of Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia or Macau in the last 14 days and is experiencing cough or fever or shortness of breath, to stay indoors and call NHS 111, even if symptoms are mild.”
This NHS has shared advice online to Britons about how they can avoid catching coronavirus.
The health body advises: “Cover your