UK identifies first cases of coronavirus

UK identifies first cases of coronavirus
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Two people in the United Kingdom have tested positive for coronavirus, BBC reported Friday. 

The patients are two family members who were reportedly staying in a hotel in Yorkshire and were transported to a center in Newcastle once they started showing symptoms. 

Chris Whitty, a chief medical officer with the English government, told the BBC he’s confident the patients will recover. 


“This could turn out to be a minor disease,” he said 

At least 200 people have died and more than 7,000 have been diagnosed with the virus in China, where the virus was first discovered in the city of Wuhan. There have been more than 100 cases in other countries, according to the BBC.

At least six people have been diagnosed in the U.S. so far, and it was reported Thursday the husband of one of the patients was diagnosed with the virus too, showing the first time the disease has spread on U.S. soil.

On Thursday the State Department issued a travel advisory warning citizens not to travel China amid the outbreak.

The State Department ordered all non-emergency U.S. government personnel and their family members to evacuate from Wuhan last week. It said it has limited ability to provide services to U.S. citizens in the Hubei province, where Wuhan is located.

That same day, an American Airlines pilots union filed a lawsuit against the airline, urging them to stop all flights to and from China.