‘The UK government has declared coronavirus a “serious and imminent threat” to public health, and announced new powers to fight its spread.
Under the measures, people can now be forcibly quarantined and will not be free to leave.
They can also be forcibly sent into isolation if they pose a threat to public health.
There have been more than 40,000 cases of the virus globally, mostly in China, with four so far in the UK.
The total number of deaths in China is now 908.
In a statement on Monday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Arrowe Park Hospital, on the Wirral, and Kents Hill Park conference centre, in Milton Keynes, have been designated as “isolation” facilities in the UK.
It comes after the Foreign Office chartered two repatriation flights out of Wuhan, the city where the new coronavirus emerged.
On Sunday, around 200 British and foreign nationals evacuated on the UK’s final rescue flight arrived at RAF Brize Norton.’
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