Matt Hancock addresses Parliament on the government’s response to coronavirus


The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock updated Parliament on the government’s response to coronavirus.

Mr Hancock said “As of this morning, 7,132 people in the UK have been tested for the virus.

So far 13 people in the UK have tested positive, of whom 8 now have been discharged from hospital.

We expect more cases here.

As planned, 115 people left supported isolation at Kents Hill Park in Milton Keynes on 23 February. All tested negative for COVID-19.

On Saturday, 32 people from the Diamond Princess cruise ship were repatriated and taken to Arrowe Park, where they will remain in supported isolation.

And 4 of those have tested positive and been transferred to specialist centres.

British tourists are currently being quarantined in a hotel in Tenerife and the Foreign Office is in contact with them.”

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