U.K., Russia report cases, Italy declares emergency

Two patients from the same family in England have tested positive for coronavirus, the first such cases in Britain, health chiefs said on Friday as an evacuation flight brought Britons home from the centre of the outbreak in China.

“The patients are receiving specialist National Health Service (NHS) care and we are using tried and tested infection-control procedures to prevent further spread of the virus,” said England's chief medical officer, Chris Whitty.

Russia said on Friday that two Chinese citizens had tested positive for the new coronavirus in the country’s first cases since the deadly outbreak emerged in China, and announced new travel restrictions.

The Italian government declared a state of emergency on Friday to fast-track efforts to prevent the spread of the virus strain after two cases were confirmed in Rome.

A Chinese couple visiting Italy from Wuhan had tested positive for the virus.

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