Coronavirus latest: FIVE new coronavirus cases in France are British nationals

Saturday, February 8, 2020
By Paul Martin

FIVE British nationals have tested positive for coronavirus in a French ski resort after a coming into contact with a person who had been in Singapore.

Sat, Feb 8, 2020

French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said the new cases included a child. The new cases all stem from a British national who arrived in Contamines-Montjoie ski resort on 24 January following a trip to Singapore. Ms Buzyn said the group of newly-infected people with the virus formed “a cluster, a grouping around one original case.”

Six others – all British – who came into contact with the group but have not tested positive are being kept in hospital for observation.

Ms Buzyn said the patients were not in a serious condition.

She said: ”That original case was brought to our attention last night, it is a British national who had returned from Singapore where he had stayed between January 20 and 23, and he arrived in France on January 24 for four days.”

The latest outbreak in the mountainous Savoie region in southeastern France brings the total number of people infected with the virus in the country to 11.

And it comes as four members of the same British family were admitted to hospital in Majorca after contact with a coronavirus carrier.

They are being tested at the University Hospital of Son Espases in Palma.

The British family said they had been in contact with a person who recently tested positive for the virus in France, the government in Spain’s Balearic Islands said.

The man has been quarantined and all four family members are being tested for the virus.

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