Public Health England has confirmed fourteen people in the UK have been tested for Coronavirus.
Five people have so far been confirmed as negative while nine people are still awaiting results.
It is believed to include five people who have undergone tests for the virus in Scotland but none have been confirmed as having the disease, the country’s government said.
Two of those being tested had been diagnosed with influenza after travelling to Wuhan, China – where the outbreak is thought to have originated – while the three other people were “undergoing testing on a similar precautionary basis”.
The outbreak has so far killed 18 people and infected more than 600 worldwide.
Professor Jurgen Haas, head of infection medicine at the University of Edinburgh, said he believes there will be many more potential cases in other cities in the UK.
He said: “The situation will be pretty similar in pretty much all UK cities with a large number of Chinese students.
”It’s not too surprising. My suspicious is that there will probably be many more cases in many other cities in the UK.”
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