Drones are chasing Chinese people into their homes to stop the coronavirus spreading


‘This is the drone speaking – you shouldn’t walk about without wearing a mask.’

China is using drones to nag people into going back inside their homes to stop the coronavirus spreading.

Squadrons of flying machines are looking for people who’ve failed to obey quarantine curfews or are seen out in public without wearing a mask.

Speakers in the drone are then used to bark orders at these hapless humans.

‘Auntie, this is the drone speaking to you,’ one elderly lady is told in a video shared by China’s Global Times.

‘You shouldn’t walk about without wearing a mask.

‘You’d better go home and don’t forget to wash your hands.’

In an another video, the drone catches a man outside working with his tractor.

‘Don’t laugh,’ the operator demands.

‘Now get on your cart and go home immediately.’

Coronavirus has so far killed more than 200 people in China has been confirmed in the UK.

Two patients in England, who are members of the same family, tested positive for the virus, Chief Medical Officer for England Professor Chris Whitty said.

The Department of Health has declined to say where in England the patients are from but it is understood they are being treated at a hospital in Newcastle.

It is understood that they travelled to the UK from China in recent days, had been staying at a hotel in Yorkshire.

Yesterday a StayCity hotel was put on lockdown near the Barbican Theatre in York after a Chinese national was taken to hospital after falling ill.

He was taken to hospital by medics on Wednesday night and it is not currently known if it is related to today’s confirmed cases.

In a statement, Mr Whitty said: ‘The patients are receiving specialist NHS care, and we are using tried and tested infection control procedures to prevent further spread of the virus.

‘The NHS is extremely well-prepared and used to managing infections and we are already working rapidly to identify any contacts the patients had, to prevent further spread.

‘We have been preparing for UK cases of novel coronavirus and we have robust infection control measures in place to respond immediately.

‘We are continuing to work closely with the World Health Organization and the international community as the outbreak in China develops to ensure we are ready for all eventualities.’

Today, more than 80 British people will land in the UK from Wuhan, the central Chinese city considered to be the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Ambulance crews arrive at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire where the Brits flying back from Wuhan will land (Picture: SWNS)
83 Britons and 27 foreign nationals who were trapped in Wuhan will be on board the flight landing at RAF Brize Norton (Picture: SWNS)

At least 213 people have died in China due to the outbreak – most in Hubei province – with almost 10,000 cases nationally.

Another 98 cases have been confirmed in 18 countries outside China, eight involving human-to-human transmission in Germany, Japan, Vietnam and the US.

Last night, the World Health Organisation declared coronavirus a global health emergency.

Following the announcement, British medical officers increased the risk level in the UK from low to moderate.

More than 80 Britons on the evacuation flight out of Wuhan – the epicentre of the outbreak – are due to land in the UK this afternoon.

After several delays, the flight – chartered by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) – left China at 9.45am local time on Friday, carrying 83 Britons and 27 non-UK nationals, mostly from EU countries.

The flight is expected to arrive at the Brize Norton RAF base in Oxfordshire around 1pm, the FCO said in a statement.

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Students were seen being marched out of the London School of Economics on Thursday night by people in white hazmat suits – it is not know if they were suspected of having coronavirus
Similar scenes were captured by worried students at Bristol University (Picture: Twitter)
Those flying into the UK from Wuhan will be kept in isolation at Arrowe Park Hospital on the Wirral (Picture: PA)

From there, the British passengers will be taken to an NHS facility on the Wirral for a quarantine period of 14 days.

It is understood they will be taken to a former student accommodation block in the grounds of Arrowe Park Hospital, where passengers will have access to the internet in order to contact relatives.

After the British passengers disembark in the UK, the flight will continue to Spain, where EU countries will process the non-British evacuees.

The government previously warned that those showing symptoms of coronavirus would not be allowed to board the plane for the UK.

Some UK citizens stranded in Wuhan with their families said earlier this week that they were faced with the gut wrenching decision of staying in the virus-hit city or leaving spouses behind.

Chinese authorities put Wuhan on lockdown in a bid to contain the virus, with many Brits trapped (Picture: Rex)
Some 1,561 people are now known to have entered the UK from Wuhan since January 10, including airline crew, although some have since left again (Picture: LNP)
Other evacuation planes have taken European and US citizens out of Wuhan (Picture: AFP)

Distraught dad Jeff Siddle, from Northumberland, will be catching a flight back to Britain without his wife Sindy after she was not offered a seat because she is a Chinese national.

Both the British Embassy and Foreign Office claimed the Chinese government has imposed restrictions on their own nationals, trapping them in the country in a bid to stop the virus spreading.

Mr Hancock said officials ‘could not be 100%’ certain the virus is not spread by people who are not displaying symptoms.

This week, China opened the doors of a new 1,000-bed hospital specifically to treat coronavirus victims.

The Dabie Mountain Regional Medical Centre started receiving patients at 10.30pm last night after workers spent just 48 hours converting it from an empty building.

Pictures of deserted streets have emerged from Wuhan in recent days as people are told to stay at home (Picture: AFP)
Brits returning from Wuhan to the UK have been told to ‘self-isolate’ for 14 days even if they have no symptoms (Picture: Getty)

More than 500 construction workers, electricians and police worked around the clock to open the hospital in the Huangzhou District.

It was originally intended to be a hospital that would open in May, but faced with the growing threat of the spread of the virus they managed to complete the task much sooner.

Meanwhile work is rapidly moving on a new hospital being built in Wuhan which is expected to be fully completed just 12 days after diggers first moved in.

New aerial pictures revealed how much thousands of workers have managed to get done on the hospital, which will open on February 3.



Wuhan Coronavirus – is there a vaccine and what are the symptoms?

The novel coronavirus was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan, which has a population of 11m people, in December.

It has led to large parts of China being placed under quarantine, with flights and transport being grounded and Lunar New Year celebrations being cancelled as China attempts to prevent others from becoming infected.

Cases have also been reported in other parts of the world including Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Vietnam, South Korea, Thailand, Canada, the US, France and Germany.

Is there a vaccine for coronavirus?

There is no current cure for the Wuhan Coronavirus, with scientists working on a vaccine (Picture: EPA)

At present there is no vaccine for coronavirus – although several different organisations are working to create one.

Those reported to be working on a potential vaccine include National Institutes of Health as well as other private companies including Inovio, Novavax, Johnson and Johnson and Moderna – the latter working directly with US government health agencies.

Despite all the combined efforts it could still be a while before a vaccine against the current coronavirus is ready.

A spokesman for the Institutes said that it could be a few months before the first clinical trials get underway, and a year or more before it’s available.

Meanwhile Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, who are also reported to be working on a vaccine, have said that if one were developed it would most likely be given to healthcare workers first due to their exposure to patients suffering from coronavirus.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

The coronavirus causes respiratory tract infection and can cause pneumonia in more severe cases (Picture: Science Photo Library)

The early symptoms of the virus include a dry cough, a fever, shortness of breath and a sore throat.

While many of those affected have shown only mild symptoms, some have gone on to develop fluid in the lungs consistent with viral pneumonia.

The virus is more likely to progress into a severe illness or prove fatal among older patients or those with weakened immune systems.

There is no specific cure for the coronavirus – as it’s a viral infection, antibiotics won’t help.

The World Health Organisation has suggested avoiding close contact with anyone suffering from an acute respiratory infection and ensuing that coughs and sneezes are covered with disposable tissues or clothing.

They also recommend regular hand-washing as well as  avoiding unprotected contact with wild or farm animals.





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