The PM said she was “extremely concerned” at the virus’s reported emergence in the United Kingdom. Ms Hartley-Brewer told ITV: “I don’t understand how it can come into the country at this point. “The person that came from the United Kingdom is exactly like everyone else. “I am just very concerned.”The Spanish nurse, Mariana Mazzucato was brought to the UK and became ill after coming into contact with the same person as the tragic Brit. She died last week and experts have revealed that the first case of the new coronavirus was once seen in the UK in 1994. The Spanish health minister said last night that Spanish authorities found a second case of a woman who received viral gastroenteritis while preparing for a 10-day humanitarian trip to Cuba and Venezuela. READ MORE: Mariana Mazzucato who died after hepatitis C infection today There are fears this second infection could be similar to the first Spanish nurse
Ms Hartley-Brewer had previously called for the UK to consider evacuation of 100 Britons from Middle East countries as experts warned they may have contracted the virus from the same virus. The Foreign Office Minister said in a statement this morning: “There are concerns that a new coronavirus could potentially infect more than one person in the UK. “We continue to advise everyone with an underlying condition to take all available precautions to protect themselves from infection with these new coronaviruses. “We are keeping close contact with the Spanish authorities to understand the initial health assessment. “There are already people in the UK who have been infected with the H7N9 virus and we will continue to provide advice to those who need it. “We are closely monitoring the progress of the vaccine and the potential for further cases.”The Health Secretary will have to step in to stop the virus spreading in the UK
Two cases of the infection have been confirmed in the UK so far, one had microcephaly and another had an eye disease. It is widely assumed that the second infected nurse is believed to have contracted the virus while on a short school exchange visit, while the other was a member of a school exchange team which took a free trip to Uruguay and then a visit to Venezuela. The Foreign Office Minister said: “We are following every lead and have significant experience of interventions and funding through the UK Charities Association and other organisations in combating Ebola in West Africa and in introducing cervical cancer screening at colleges in the UK.”
The patient will not be able to visit her loved ones in the UK until a follow-up in case anyone has developed the symptoms of the virus in the coming weeks. Any infection in an adult patient is considered treatable. Mr Johnson has said that local health authorities should not rush to start the evacuation of people from the region.