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All but one of UK patients who tested positive for coronavirus now discharged

Written by on 15/02/2020

All but one of the nine patients in the UK who tested positive for coronavirus have been discharged from hospital after testing negative twice.

NHS England and NHS Improvement said that the last of the people who were isolated at Arrowe Park on Merseyside after returning from China have now left the hospital.

They were kept at the facility for two weeks after returning to the UK on a flight from China as they were monitored for COVID-19 – the disease caused by the coronavirus.

More than 100 remain at the Kents Hill Park Hotel, in Milton Keynes.

Professor Keith Willett, NHS strategic incident director, said: “The last guests have left Arrowe Park hospital and I would once again like to thank them for the calm, patient and responsible way that they have responded to what must have been a trying situation.

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“Over the coming weeks many more of us may need to spend time at home to reduce the spread of the virus and they have set a great example.

“I would like to thank all those NHS staff and partners, as well as Public Health England, who have worked so hard to make their stay as comfortable as possible, those still caring for guests in Milton Keynes and all the doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals who have successfully treated patients at other hospitals.

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“We must not forget the local residents, council staff, volunteers and numerous others who have rallied round to help our guests in their time of need. Thank you all.”

It comes after the first death from the virus was confirmed in France, where a Chinese tourist died in hospital in Paris.

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