Coronavirus: Third case of deadly virus confirmed in UK as death toll passes 560

A third case of coronavirus in the UK has been confirmed this morning.

Friday, 7th February 2020, 9:54 am

England's chief medical officer has said a third patient has been tested positive for the killer virus.

The individual, who caught the infection abroad, is being taken to a specialist NHS treatment centre.

The virus has infected 28,018 worldwide and killed 565 people, mostly in China.

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A third case of coronavirus has been reported in the UK. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Two other patients - both Chinese nationals - are still being treated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary infectious diseases centre in Newcastle upon Tyne.

The patients - a university of York student and one of their relatives - tested positive for the virus after falling ill at a hotel in York.

It is not known where in the UK the new patient was when they were tested for the virus, or where they will be treated.

Chief medical officer Prof Chris Whitty said the NHS was ‘well managed' to deal with cases.