A government-chartered flight from Wuhan has arrived at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire with, according to the Foreign Office, 83 British and 27 foreign nationals onboard.

The Wamos Air flight landed at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire

The Wamos Air Boeing 747 took off from the Chinese city at 09:45 local time (01:45 GMT) on Friday, landing at RAF Brize Norton at 13:33. The arrival comes hours after the World Health Organisation declared novel coronavirus a public health emergency of international concern.

Several coaches were used to transport the flight’s passengers upon landing. They will be quarantined at the Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral for 14 days.

The UK’s chief medical officer announced on Friday that two cases of coronavirus had now been confirmed in the UK, with the two patients being from the same family.

Nearly 10,000 people have so far been infected in China, with 213 being killed by the disease.

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