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Final flight carrying more than 200 Brits takes off from Wuhan before those on board are quarantined in - The Sun

THE final rescue flight evacuating Brits from coronavirus ground zero Wuhan has landed in the UK this morning.

More than 200 evacuees landed at RAF Brize Norton - now expected to be quarantined for 14 days in Milton Keynes.

 A woman carrying a baby gets off the Wuhan rescue flight
A woman carrying a baby gets off the Wuhan rescue flightCredit: London News Pictures
 Passengers are seen carrying their belongings as they are taken off the flight
Passengers are seen carrying their belongings as they are taken off the flightCredit: London News Pictures
 The flight out of Wuhan to the UK is expected to be the last
The flight out of Wuhan to the UK is expected to be the lastCredit: Getty Images - Getty

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Staff on the international flight were pictured wearing full protective gear including face masks.

The second - and final - flight to evacuate UK citizens out of Wuhan was made up of Brits including government staff and military medics.

On the flight were 105 Brit nationals and their family members along with 95 European nationals.  A team of 13 staff and medics were also on board.

The group will now be housed in Kents Hill Park, a conference centre and hotel, for two weeks in a desperate attempt to stop any spread of the killer virus.

Coaches were seen sitting near the tarmac this morning, ready to take the evacuees to quarantine.

Supplies including clothes and toiletries have been laid out ready for the rescued Brits.

Coronavirus has now claimed more lives than the 2003 SARS outbreak as the global death toll climbed to more than 800 yesterday.


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Today's flight the final plane to leave the Chinese city, which is the epicentre of the outbreak, with nearly 100 Brits already flown home on planes arranged by the government.

Everyone on board at will be assessed and will continue to be monitored after landing in the UK on Sunday morning.

The ambulance service said the presence of the group in Milton Keynes, Bucks, does not present a risk to local people.

 The flight arrived safely, with about 105 Brits on board, with the rest of the passengers EU nationals
The flight arrived safely, with about 105 Brits on board, with the rest of the passengers EU nationalsCredit: London News Pictures
 A coach is escorted by police to the quarantine
A coach is escorted by police to the quarantine
 A rescue plane carrying passengers from China lands at RAF Brize Norton near Oxford this morning
A rescue plane carrying passengers from China lands at RAF Brize Norton near Oxford this morningCredit: Reuters
 A person in a mask is seen on the flight from Wuhan to UK
A person in a mask is seen on the flight from Wuhan to UKCredit: supplied
 Supplies have been laid out for the Brits travelling back from Wuhan

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Supplies have been laid out for the Brits travelling back from WuhanCredit: PA:Press Association
 They will be kept in isolation for two weeks in an attempt to ensure the deadly virus cannot be spread

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They will be kept in isolation for two weeks in an attempt to ensure the deadly virus cannot be spreadCredit: PA:Press Association
 A group of evacuees walk along the tarmac
A group of evacuees walk along the tarmacCredit: London News Pictures
 More than 200 people were on the flight from Wuhan
More than 200 people were on the flight from WuhanCredit: Getty Images - Getty
 Coaches can be seen waiting to take the evacuees to quarantine
Coaches can be seen waiting to take the evacuees to quarantine
 The rooms inside the Milton Keynes hotel

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The rooms inside the Milton Keynes hotelCredit: PA:Press Association
 The Brits are the last to be flown out of Wuhan

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The Brits are the last to be flown out of WuhanCredit: PA:Press Association

A spokesman said: "The local site has been chosen because it offers appropriate accommodation and other facilities for those coming back from Wuhan while they stay in Milton Keynes.

"It also allows their health to be regularly monitored and has the necessary medical facilities close at hand should they be required."

All staff working at the facility will wear appropriate protective equipment at all times.

Brits who returned on a flight last month were taken to Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral.

The local site has been chosen because it offers appropriate accommodation and other facilities

Ambulance service

It comes after five Brits - including a nine-year-old boy - contracted the bug after it was passed to them by the third UK citizen to catch the disease.

The man picked up the virus at a business conference in Singapore and then travelled to ski chalet in France where 11 people he came into contact with are now in hospital.

Meanwhile British honeymooner was taken to hospital after he and dozens of other passengers tested positive for the virus on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which is quarantined off Yokohama in Japan.

Alan Steele, from Wolverhampton, said on Friday that he was being taken to hospital while his wife, Wendy, remained on board the ship.

There are 78 people with British passports - including crew - among the nearly 3,700 passengers and crew on the ship.

Princess Cruises said an additional 41 people, including Mr Steele, had tested positive for the virus on the Diamond Princess, taking the total number of cases to 61.

CRUISE SHIP CHAOS

The company said the quarantine on the ship was due to end on February 19, barring "unforeseen developments", and confirmed that all the affected guests were being taken to hospital.

There are no plans to fly anyone off the ship and back to the UK at the moment.

A separate ship in Hong Kong, the World Dream, has about 66 British passport holders on board. Nobody on that ship has tested positive.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has shown that the reported number of new cases has fallen over the past two days, which experts welcomed with caution.

There were roughly 3,900 new cases reported worldwide on February 5, 3,700 on February 6 and 3,200 on February 7 - the vast majority in China, WHO figures show.

How are the coronavirus patients being treated?

Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for the new coronavirus infection – known as 2019-nCoV.

Patients in England with the virus will be transferred to one of four High Consequences Infectious Diseases (HCID) units.

These include two in London - the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, where the third victim is understood to have been taken.

There are also two in the north of the country - Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust and Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Two other patients who tested positive for the virus last week in York are still being treated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary infectious diseases centre in Newcastle.

Access to these units is restricted to a team of trained medical staff who are made to wear protective gowns, face maks, visors and gloves before they can enter.

In some cases, patients will have a specially-designed tent with a ventilator set up around their bed.

This allows staff to treat and feed them without having to physically touch them.

But experts warned it is not yet clear if this represents an actual fall in cases or whether the fall will prove sustainable.

The Department of Health and Social Care said that 620 people in the UK have been tested for coronavirus as of 2pm Friday, with three cases confirmed.

It is understood that the third person in the UK to be diagnosed with coronavirus caught the illness in Singapore.

He is reported to be a middle-aged British man and is understood to be the first UK national to contract the disease.

The man is thought to have been diagnosed in Brighton and was transferred to St Thomas' Hospital in London, where there is an infectious disease unit, on Thursday afternoon.

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Professor Keith Willett, NHS strategic incident director, said the patient had called the NHS 111 service after becoming concerned.

"After a telephone assessment, they were advised to make their way to Royal Sussex County Hospital Brighton for testing," he said.

"Following a pre-arranged plan with the NHS they drove themselves to the hospital, were tested in isolation and away from public areas of the hospital, and returned home in isolation in their own car."

Two other patients, who had recently travelled from China, are still being treated at the Royal Victoria Infirmary infectious diseases centre in Newcastle.

One is a student at the University of York, while the other is a family member.

 The third coronavirus patient is believed to have presented at the Royal Sussex in Brighton, pictured, over the weekend

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The third coronavirus patient is believed to have presented at the Royal Sussex in Brighton, pictured, over the weekendCredit: EDDIE MITCHELL 07771605974
 The quarantine centre in Milton Keynes

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The quarantine centre in Milton KeynesCredit: GEOFF ROBINSON.
 A paramedic is seen wearing a hazmat suit in York on Tuesday night - less than a mile from where last week's two cases were diagnosed
A paramedic is seen wearing a hazmat suit in York on Tuesday night - less than a mile from where last week's two cases were diagnosedCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
 Staff members work in Wuhan International Convention and Exhibition Center as patients infected by the coronavirus arrive for treatment

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Staff members work in Wuhan International Convention and Exhibition Center as patients infected by the coronavirus arrive for treatmentCredit: EPA

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