Coronavirus UK LIVE: Brits could be told to self-isolate at home if deadly bug continues to spread

MILLIONS of sick Brits with flu-like symptoms could be ordered to self-isolate at home for a fortnight if the number of cases in the UK hits the hundreds.

Yesterday, a man in Paris died after contracting coronavirus, becoming the first European fatality.

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    Taiwan has reported its first coronavirus death. The country has also also announced two more confirmed cases, bringing the total to 20, according to a statement from the country’s Centers for Disease Control via text message.


    A further 70 people on the Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Japan have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total to 355.

    Three countries say they will fly their citizens on the cruise ship home.

    The US embassy in Japan announced on Saturday that more than 400 US nationals would be flown home from the quarantined Diamond Princess ship, currently docked in the port of Yokohama, south of Tokyo.

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    A scam message has been exposed which claims to have the cure to the killer coronavirus.

    The bogus message, which has started circulating on WhatsApp, suggests garlic is the remedy the world is looking for.

    But the post has been exposed as a hoax

    The NHS explained: “There is no specific treatment for coronavirus. Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the infection.”

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    An American passenger from a cruise ship that docked in Cambodia has tested positive for coronavirus a second time in Kuala Lumpur, after the boat firm and Cambodian authorities sought further tests.

    The 83-year-old woman was the first passenger from the MS Westerdam, operated by Carnival Corp unit Holland America Inc, to test positive for the virus.

    She tested positive in the Malaysian capital where she arrived on Friday from the Cambodian port of Sihanoukville.

    Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Waz Azizah Wan Ismail said on Sunday the American woman tested positive again on Saturday night.

    “The COVID-19 retest was carried out on the husband and wife pair late last night and the results were the same. That is positive for the wife and negative for her husband,” Wan Azizah told reporters.

    A total of 145 passengers from the cruise ship had arrived in Malaysia but only the American couple showed symptoms, Malaysian authorities have said.

    Wan Azizah said 137 passengers have left Kuala Lumpur, while another six are awaiting flights to their destinations.


    Coronavirus could have spread from a Wuhan laboratory which housed 600 bats which attacked and “peed on” scientists, experts say.

    One researcher at the Wuhan Center for Disease Control (WCDC) who was urinated on also had bat BLOOD on his skin and was forced to quarantine himself, an academic journal says.

    Scientists at South China University of Technology in Guangzhou believe the lab could be a possible origin of the deadly epidemic.

    The facility is located 300 yards from the infamous Wuhan food market where the Chinese government claimed the outbreak – which has killed over 1,500 people –  started in December.

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